Querying the Medieval: Texts and the History of Practices in South Asia

Hardcover | May 15, 2000

byRonald Inden, Jonathan Walters, Daud Ali

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Indologist Ronald Inden has in the past raised questions about the images of a "traditional" or "medieval" India deployed by colonial scholars and rulers--"Orientalists"--and has also argued that a history of "early medieval" India very different from both the colonial and nationalist accountscould be written. This volume is designed as an important first step towards that goal. The authors look closely at three genres of texts that have been crucial to the representations of precolonial India. All three essays challenge not only colonialist scholarship but the attempts by religiousnationalists to identify Hinduism as the essence of national identity in India and Buddhism as the essence of nationality in Sri Lanka.

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Indologist Ronald Inden has in the past raised questions about the images of a "traditional" or "medieval" India deployed by colonial scholars and rulers--"Orientalists"--and has also argued that a history of "early medieval" India very different from both the colonial and nationalist accountscould be written. This volume is designed a...

Ronald Inden is at University of Chicago. Jonathan Walters is at Whitman College.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Ronald Inden: Introduction: From Philogical to Dialogical Texts2. Ronald Inden: Imperial Puranas: Kashmir as Vaissnava Center of the Words3. Jonathan S. Walters: Buddhist History: The Sri Lankan Pala Vamsas and Their Community4. Daud Ali: Royal Eulogy as World History: Rethinking Copper-plat Inscriptions in Cola IndiaIndex

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"This volume is an important, groundbreaking work challenging how we read and understand texts. . . . This is must reading for those engaged in the struggle to understand the deeper past or disheartened by radical deconstruction of texts to the point that signifiers 'float,' meaning everythingand nothing."--Stewart Gordon, University of Michigan