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A Tale of Two Languages

I wanted to reach out in response to your well written essay illustrating the influence of Persian on the Bengali language. As a literary scholar, I am always fascinated by the pre-colonial cultural exchanges in South Asia, and I hope you are pursuing a much larger project dealing with early modern South Asia.

I would think the language of the Mangalkavyas are also Persian-ised or may have been influenced by Musalmani Bangla. To my knowledge, I have not seen any major scholarship dealing with the Persian influence on Bengal. Scholars do agree though that the influence has been massive. 

Asif Iqbal

Michigan State University

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