For a discussion of Classical Tamil female poets, see

For a discussion of Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār, the female Śaiva saint-poet, see Elaine Craddock's works listed in her page at

Also, the book by Karen Pechilis may be of interest.

On the Vaiṣṇava saint-poet, Āṇṭāḷ, see as well as

I am sure there are other journal articles dealing with the above devotional saints. But works on Classical Tamil poets are far fewer in English. 


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Subject: [INDOLOGY] References on women scholars in ancient and medieval India

Dear colleagues,

I have been asked by a non indologist colleague for references on women scholars in ancient and medieval India. Do you know of an article or a book which would deal directly with this subject?

I have noted so far for him:

Witzel, Michael. 2009. Female Rishis and philosophers in the
Veda? Journal of South Asia Women Studies 11(1).

Mary McGee, Ritual Rights The Gender Implications of Adhikdra in L. Patton ed Jewels of Authority, OUP 2002. 32-50 (esp. p.42)

but this is very meager and vedic...

I can't help but feel that there is a very obvious reference that I must be lacking

thanking you in advance for your help,


Agathe Keller

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