9780195124309

Querying the Medieval Texts and the History of Practices in South Asia

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    9780195124309

  • ISBN10:

    0195124308

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Indologist Ronald Inden has in the past raised questions about the images of a "traditional" or "medieval" India deployed by colonial scholars and rulers--"Orientalists"--and has also argued that a history of "early medieval" India very different from both the colonial and nationalist accounts could be written. This volume is designed as an important first step towards that goal. The authors look closely at three genres of texts that have been crucial to the representations of precolonial India. All three essays challenge not only colonialist scholarship but the attempts by religious nationalists to identify Hinduism as the essence of national identity in India and Buddhism as the essence of nationality in Sri Lanka.

Author Biography

Daud Ali is a lecturer in Ancient and Medieval Indian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Philogical to Dialogical Texts
3(26)
Ronald Inden
Imperial Puranas: Kashmir as Vaissnava Center of the Words
29(70)
Ronald Inden
Buddhist History: The Sri Lankan Pali Vamsas and Their Community
99(66)
Jonathan S. Walters
Royal Eulogy as World History: Rethinking Copper-plate Inscriptions in Cola India
165(65)
Daud Ali
Index 230

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