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THE QUOTIDIAN REVOLUTION

VERNACULARIZATION, RELIGION, AND THE PREMODERN PUBLIC SPHERE IN INDIA

1 March 2017

Christian Lee Novetzke

In thirteenth-century western India, entrepreneurial religious figures challenged the linguistic and cultural hegemony of Sanskrit. They did this by formulating new texts and social orders oriented around the use of regional languages. In doing so, these spiritualists created an early form of the public sphere, in which the ethics of social issues such as caste and gender were debated. Christian Lee Novetzke, a scholar of religious studies, examines this pivotal moment in Indian history.

Permanent Black, 428 pages, Rs 895

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