Religious Interactions in Mughal India

Hardcover | October 21, 2014

EditorVasudha Dalmia, Munis D. Faruqui

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Popular knowledge generally operates with the notion that "Hindu" and "Muslim" as polarized religious identities have existed from the moment Muslims entered northern India in the eleventh century. The essays for this volume interrogate this idea. They focus on Islamicate traditions in theirinteraction with coterminous Hindu ones in the three centuries between 1500 and 1800. They examine a wide tableau of sites and modes of interchanges, allowing the texts to speak in their own languages, whether these are assimilative, antagonistic, or indifferent. Given the charged nature ofHindi-Muslim relations today, a fresh study of these relations in their regional and temporal specificity along with a renewed attempt to closely interrogate the language in which we talk about them is absolutely vital in order to contest powerful and contemporary "clash of civilizations" narrativesin South Asia as well as elsewhere.

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Popular knowledge generally operates with the notion that "Hindu" and "Muslim" as polarized religious identities have existed from the moment Muslims entered northern India in the eleventh century. The essays for this volume interrogate this idea. They focus on Islamicate traditions in theirinteraction with coterminous Hindu ones in th...

Vasudha Dalmia is Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Hindu Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. Munis D. Faruqui is Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionSection I: Of Intersections1. Eva Orthamann: Ideology and State-Building: Humayan's Search for Legitimacy in an Hindu-Muslim Environment2. Munis Faruqui: Dara Shukoh, Vedanta, and Imperial Succession in Mughal India3. Supriya Gandhi: The Prince and the Muvahhid: Dara Shikoh and Mughal Engagements with Vedanta4. Christopher Minkowski: Learned Brahmins and the Mughal Court: The Jyotisas5. Stefano Pello: Between Gaya and Karbala: The Textual Identification of Persian Hindu Poets from Lucknow in the Tazkira of Bhagwan Das "Hindi"6. Ramya Sreenivasan: Faith and Allegiance in the Mughal Era: Perspectives from RajasthanSection II: Of proximity and distance7. Francesca Orsini: Inflected Kathas: Sufis and Krishna Bhaktas in Awadh8. Monika Horstmann: Sant and Sufi in Sundardas's Poetry9. Vasudha Dalmia: Hagiography and the Other in the Vallabha Sampradaya10. Heidi Pauwels: Diatribes against Saktas in Banarasi Bazaars and Rural Rajasthan: Kabir and his Ramanandi Hagiographers11. Shandip Saha: Muslims as Devotees and Outsiders: Attitudes Towards Muslims in the Varta literature of the Vallabha Sampradaya12. Brendan LaRocque: Mahamat Prannath and the Pranami Movement: Hinduism and Islam in the Service of a Mercantile SectNote on Editors and ContributorsIndex