Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia

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Federico Squarcini
Anthem Press, 2011 - Religion - 618 pages
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Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia explores the dynamic constructions and applications of the concept of tradition within the South Asian context during the ancient and precolonial periods. This collection of essays covers a significant selection of the specialized fields of knowledge that have shaped classical South Asian intellectual history, offering a stimulating array of papers on the different and complex processes employed during the invention, construction, preservation and renewal of a given tradition.

To that end, the contributors have expertly analysed various key aspects of the development of tradition, namely: the textual and practical transmission of traditional canons; the dynamisms and strategies chosen for the renewal of a tradition; its internal and external dialectics; the procedures of its legitimation; the theoretical and pragmatic mechanisms of its survival; and the tensions and criticisms of traditional knowledge systems. Attention has also been paid to problems related to the primacy exercised by highly specialized traditional experts, to monopolies in the transmission of knowledge, to its means of cultural and political justification, and to the connections between a specific traditional field of knowledge and the surrounding social arena.

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Contents

Preface
7
DISCOURSE CONDITIONS AND DYNAMICS OF TRADITION IN S OUTH ASIA
20
ruti smrti
41
JOHANNES BRONKHORST
63
TIMOTHY LUBIN
77
ALF HILTEBEITEL
107
PATTON
133
ROMILA THAPAR
159
ELISA FRESCHI ALESSANDRO GRAHELI
287
CEZARY GALEWICZ
325
DESHPANDE
361
MARIA PIERA CANDOTTI
389
VINCENZO VERGIANI
411
FEDERICO SQUARCINI
437
ANTONIO RIGOPOULOS
485
FABRIZIA BALDISSERA
515

JONARDON GANERI
175
CLOONEY S
203
CHRISTOPHER MINKOWSKI
225
FRANCESCO SFERRA
253
CHRISTOPH EMMRICH
571
BRUNO LO TURCO
589
FERNANDO TOLA CARMEN DRAGONETTI
607
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Federico Squarcini is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Florence, where he teaches the history of Indian religions.

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