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Gathering the Threads: Religious Autobiography in Pre-colonial South Asia

Martinez, Chloe Siebenhüner, Kim (Editor) ; Church, Sally (Editor)

The Medieval History Journal, October 2015, Vol.18(2), pp.250-277 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Gathering the Threads: Religious Autobiography in Pre-colonial South Asia
  • Autor: Martinez, Chloe
  • Siebenhüner, Kim (Editor) ; Church, Sally (Editor)
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: The Medieval History Journal, October 2015, Vol.18(2), pp.250-277
  • Descrição: This article investigates autobiography as an improvisatory mode of religious speech in pre-colonial South Asia, arguing (i) that autobiographical writing in early South Asia is marked by great spontaneity and invention of form in the absence of a proper literary genre; (ii) that we can discern distinctly South Asian ways of speaking autobiographically, ways that predate and differ from modern European understandings of autobiography and (iii) that autobiographical speech is used as a powerful technique for religious polemic in South Asia and appears in particular at moments of heightened religio-political competition and contestation. Along with a number of examples, two texts will be explored in greater detail: autobiographies by a seventeenth-century Jain merchant and religious reformer Banarasidas and a nineteenth-century Christian priest and convert from Islam, ‘Imad ud-din.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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