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Reifying Religion While Lost in Translation: Mirza Mazhar Jan-i-Janan (d.1781) on the Hindus

SherAli Tareen
Abstract :

 This paper examines the life and thought of one of the leading Muslim revivalist thinkers in 18
th century India, Mirza Mazhar Jan-i-Janan (1699-1781) in an effort to understand the relationship, if any, between the structures of knowledge that informed colonial conceptions of India’s religious topography and 18th century projects of intra-religious and cross-religious interpretation (such as that conducted by Jan-i Janan)? In addition, the project aims at informing the inquiry as to the extent to which the process of reification that led to the development of a unified notion of ‘Hinduism’ in the modern era already was underway in the works of 18th century figures such as Jan-i Janan?

Keywords :
Mirza Mazhar Jan-i-Janan,intra-religious, cross-religious

Date Deposited : 14 Jun 2011 13:54

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Volume 1, Number 2, October 2006

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