Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia

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Univ of California Press, Apr 28, 2020 - History - 276 pages

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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 Yoga-Vasistha—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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Contents

The LaghuYogaVāsiṣṭha and Its Persian Translation
30
Madhusūdana Sarasvatī and the YogaVāsiṣṭha
56
Muḥibb Allāh Ilāhābādī and an Islamic Framework
85
Mīr Findiriskī and the Jūg Bāsisht
119
A Confluence of Traditions The Jūg Bāsisht Revisited
142
Conclusion
168
Notes
187
Bibliography
227
Index
251
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Shankar Nair is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia.

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