[INDOLOGY] Book announcement: Translating Wisdom

rrocher rrocher at sas.upenn.edu
Tue May 26 08:58:58 EDT 2020


Congratulations! I immediately ordered a paper copy, which I am promised 
by June 1. I look forward to reading what promises to be a wonderful 
companion as I emerge from a book of my own.

Rosane Rocher
Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania

On 5/26/20 3:17 AM, Shankar Nair via INDOLOGY wrote:
>
> Dear colleagues,
>
>
> With apologies for the self-promotion -- but hoping to do right by a 
> wonderful press that generously poured so many of its own resources 
> into it -- I am pleased to announce the publication of my book, 
> /Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early 
> Modern South Asia/ (University of California Press). I am grateful 
> that UC Press has made the book widely accessible through a free 
> open-access download (link below), with print copies also available in 
> paperback.
>
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> https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520345683
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>
> The book description is below. Please feel free to download and share.
>
>
> With many thanks,
>
>
> Shankar Nair
>
>
> Assistant Professor
>
> Department of Religious Studies and
>
> Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
>
> University of Virginia
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>
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>   Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early
>   Modern South Asia
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>
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> During the height of Muslim power in Mughal South Asia, Hindu and 
> Muslim scholars worked collaboratively to translate a large body of 
> Hindu Sanskrit texts into the Persian language. /Translating 
> Wisdom/ reconstructs the intellectual processes and exchanges that 
> underlay these translations. Using as a case study the 1597 Persian 
> rendition of the /Laghu-Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha/—an influential Sanskrit 
> philosophical tale whose popularity stretched across the 
> subcontinent—Shankar Nair illustrates how these early modern Muslim 
> and Hindu scholars drew upon their respective religious, 
> philosophical, and literary traditions to forge a common vocabulary 
> through which to understand one another. These scholars thus achieved, 
> Nair argues, a nuanced cultural exchange and interreligious and 
> cross-philosophical dialogue significant not only to South Asia’s 
> past but also its present.
>
>
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