Songs of the Saints of India by John Stratton Hawley
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Songs of the Saints of India

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Songs of the Saints of India by John Stratton Hawley

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The six poets presented here-Ravidas, Kabir, Nanak, Surdas, Mirabai, and Tulsidas-have contributed more to the religious vocabulary of Hinduism in north India today than any voices before or since. In worship, in education, even in politics, modern Hinduism sings their tune. For half a millennium, these saints' poems have circulated from the banks of the Jumna to the rice fields of Bihar and back to the deserts of Rajasthan, providing a language for many of life's most vivid concerns-cruelty and loneliness, status and intimacy, hope and infatuation, and the maddening transitoriness of it all. With a biographical and interpretive essay on each poet and a selection of representative verses in original translation, this book offers a complete introduction to a literature that transcends the boundaries we associate with religion and those of India as well.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195694208
ISBN-10: 0195694201
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 137mm x 15mm)
Pages: 266
Imprint: OUP India
Publisher: OUP India
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: India

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A widely-accepted explanation for India's national unity is a narrative called the bhakti movement--poet-saints singing bhakti from India's southern tip to the Himalayas between 600 and 1600. John Hawley shows that this narrative, with its political overtones, was created by the early-twentieth-century circle around Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal.

Three Bhakti Voices by John Stratton Hawley Three Bhakti Voices, Paperback (September 2012)

A fascinating story of change and transmission, this book describes how Mirabai, Surdas, and Kabir-the most famous and beloved poet-saints of fifteenth and sixteenth centuries-were heard and perceived in their own times and probes into the many beliefs and legends that emerged long after their deaths.

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Author Biography - John Stratton Hawley

John Stratton Hawley is Professor of Religion , Barnard College, Columbia University, USA and Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global International Studies Program, University of California, USA

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