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Jamali–Kamali

A Tale of Passion in Mughal India
Karen Chase
Contributions by Milo Beach (Introduction) Photographs by Milo Beach and Peter Davol Drawings and Illustrations by Shanu Lahiri

Just off busy Mehrauli–Gurgaon Road in Delhi, India, the 16th-century Sufi court poet Jamali is buried in a tomb next to Kamali, of whom the printed matter says “identity unknown,” but who helpful guides say was the poet’s lover. Little about them is known.

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Just off busy Mehrauli–Gurgaon Road in Delhi, India, the 16th-century Sufi court poet Jamali is buried in a tomb next to Kamali, of whom the printed matter says “identity unknown,” but who helpful guides say was the poet’s lover. Little about them is known.
Karen Chase envisions love and longing between the two, who according to Delhi’s oral tradition were homosexual lovers. Others believe that Kamali was Jamali’s wife, and some others believe that “Kamali” was Jamali’s nom de plume. Over the reigns of Sikandar Lodi, Babur and Humayun, Jamali’s travels take him to far flung places, separating the lovers often for long periods of time.

The verse moves from Jamali’s longing to Kamali’s lament, re-creating the interplay between their passionate hearts.

Karen Chase lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Her poems,
stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and her work has been widely anthologized. She is the award-winning author of two collections of poetry and
the non-fiction book, Land of Stone.

• Acknowledgements
• Jamali–Kamali: The Beauty of a Dervish Cell
• Milo Beach
• Part One
• Part Two
• Part Three
• Part Four
• Notes
• Jamali and Kamali
• Two Ghazals and a Fragment by Jamali
• Translated by Bruce Wannell
ISBN 9788189995126
Pages 80
Number of photographs 11
Size 5.3 x 8.26" (140 x 210 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2011
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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