[INDOLOGY] Invitation to the Fifth Shrimad Rajchandra Lecture (Dr. Steven M. Vose, University of Colorado, Denver) - December 6, 2023

Ana Bajzelj anabajzelj1 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 19:18:35 UTC 2023

Apologies for cross-posting.

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to invite you to the Fifth Shrimad Rajchandra Lecture at *UC
Riverside* on *Wednesday, December 6, 4:30-6:00pm PST*. The lecture will be
delivered *in person* by Dr. Steven M. Vose (University of Colorado,
Denver). You will find more information about the lecture and the speaker
below. The lecture will be followed by a *dinner reception*.

If you plan to attend the event in person, please *RSVP* to abajzelj at ucr.edu by
December 4.

If you cannot attend in person, you can attend the lecture online by
registering here:

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Ana Bajzelj


When the “Lord of the Whole World” Received the “Lord of All Monks”:
Jainism, Rethinking “Muslim Rule” in India’s History
As the Delhi Sultanate expanded its empire across India in the early
fourteenth century, local communities had to reconfigure their political,
economic, social, and religious networks. The Jain monk Jinaprabhasūri (d.
1333) narrated his meetings with Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq (r. 1325-1351)
in his *Kalpapradīpa* (*The Light of the Age*), depicting a mutually
beneficial relationship that leads to a new era of prosperity for Jains. In
fact, many Jain portrayals of Muslim rulers stand in stark contrast to
colonial and current historiography that present Islam and Muslims as
inimical to “Indian culture.” Drawing on his forthcoming book, *Reimagining
Jainism in Islamic India: Jain Intellectual Culture in the Delhi Sultanate*,
Dr. Steven M. Vose challenges two persistent and problematic ways of
writing the history of India: one, that Jains disengaged from political
life with the advent of “Islamic rule” in India, and two, that Muslim
rulers were hostile to Indian religious communities and destructive of
Indian culture.

Dr. Steven M. Vose (PhD, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania) is
the Bhagwan Suparshvanatha Assistant Professor of Jain Studies in the
Department of History at the University of Colorado, Denver. A historian of
Jain communities in western India from the late medieval period to the
present, his work focuses on community formation, identity politics, and
interactions between religious communities and political powers. His first
book, *Reimagining Jainism in Islamic India: Jain Intellectual Culture in
the Delhi Sultanate*, is forthcoming on Routledge. His current research
examines the effects of neoliberalism and globalization on the formation of
transnational Jain communities.


Ana Bajzelj
Associate Professor
Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department for the Study of Religion
University of California, Riverside
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