Bhakti and Power: Debating Indias Religion of the Heart

By: John Stratton Hawley, Christian Lee Novetzke & Swapna Sharma (Authors)

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About the Book: Bhakti means many things to many people. It is private and public, personal and political, silently contemplative and loudly musical. Often it speaks in the marginalized voices of women and the oppressed, yet it has also played a role in perpetuating injustice. What, then, is the power of bhakti? And how does it interact with forms of power other than its own? Bhakti and Power provides an accessible entry into these issues, presenting voices and vignettes from the sixth century to the present. It asks a range of questions. Is bhakti lower-class, middle-class, or ruler-class? Is its power intrinsically tied to music and the arts? Does it address the earth and ecology, or broker the divides between Hindus, Muslims, and Jains? Does bhakti have gender, and if so, how? Each chapter is short and pointed, generating a world of its own, but each becomes a piece in a bigger puzzle. Readers will come away with new resources for thinking about bhakti and power in specific and varied situations-and also in broad and general terms. Historians, sociologists, religionists, and students of literature, politics, and the arts will all be enriched by this discussion. Contents: Introduction: The Power of Bhakti SITUATIONS chapter one Affect and Identity in Early Bhakti: K?raikk?l Ammaiy?r as Poet, Servant, and P?y Karen Pechilis chapter two Religious Equality, Social Conservatism: The Shiva-Bhakti Community as Imagined in Early Kannada Hagiographies Gil Ben-Herut chapter three Caste and Women in Early Modern India: Krishna Bhakti in Sixteenth-Century Vrindavan Heidi R. M. Pauwels chapter four "Are You All Coming to the Esplanade?": Devotional Music and Contingent Politics in West Bengal Eben Graves chapter five All the Valmikis Are One: Bhakti as Majoritarian Project Joel Lee MEDIATIONS chapter six The Political Theology of Bhakti, or When Devotionalism Meets Vernacularization Christian Lee Novetzke chapter seven Bhakti as Elite Cultural Practice: Digambar Jain Bhakti in Early Modern North India John E. Cort chapter eight Lover and Yogi in Punjabi Sufi Poetry: The Story of Hir and Ranjha Manpreet Kaur chapter nine Illuminating the Formless: God, King, and Devotion in an Assamese Illustrated Manuscript Phyllis Granoff chapter ten Bhakti as Relationship: Drawing Form and Personality from the Formless David L. Haberman chapter eleven Bhakti the Mediator John Stratton Hawley SOLIDARITIES chapter twelve Singing in Protest: Early Modern Hindu-Muslim Encounters in Bengali Hagiographies of Chaitanya Kiyokazu Okita chapter thirteen Bhakti and Power from the Inside: A Devotee's Reading of What Chaitanya Achieved Shrivatsa Goswami chapter fourteen Fall from Grace?: Caste, Bhakti, and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Marwar Divya Cherian chapter fifteen The Ties That Bind: Individual, Family, and Community in Northwestern Bhakti Tyler Williams chapter sixteen Waterscape and Memory: The ??na-i Tirhut of Bih?r? L?l "Fitrat" and the Politics of a Bhakti Past Aditi Natasha Kini and William R. Pinch chapter seventeen Bhakti in the Classroom: What Do American Students Hear? Richard H. Davis Bibliography List of Contributors Index . Printed Pages: 272

Title: Bhakti and Power: Debating Indias Religion of the Heart

Author Name: John Stratton Hawley, Christian Lee Novetzke & Swapna Sharma (Authors)

Categories: India, Religion,

Publisher: New Delhi, Orient BlackSwan: 2019

ISBN: 9789352876211

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1203555

Keywords: Bhakti and Power: Debating Indias Religion of the Heart John Stratton Hawley, Christian Lee Novetzke & Swapna Sharma (Authors)