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  • Conclusion

    Shankar Nair

    Chapter from the book: Nair, S. 2020. Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia.


    This chapter reviews key findings of the study, with a particular eye to what may be more generalizable to other texts, figures, and contexts. The chapter additionally reflects upon what these early modern South Asian thinkers – and this historical case study in dialogic translation – might contribute to contemporary academic discussions on interreligious interactions. Finally, the chapter considers a current debate in Religious Studies, namely, whether and how, in light of its Orientalist and imperialist past, the academic study of religion can entertain the prospect of allowing other (“non-Western”) civilizational epistemologies a genuine place at the table. That is to say, can Religious Studies, as a field, allow space for the perspectives and methodologies of “non-Western” thinkers not merely as objects of study, but as voices and perspectives that can be legitimately learned from and dialogued with? If such a “cross-civilizational dialogue” is indeed desirable, then Mughal South Asia, it is suggested, can help model for scholars today what measures might be necessary to facilitate such conversations successfully.

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    Nair, S. 2020. Conclusion. In: Nair, S, Translating Wisdom. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.87.g

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    Published on April 28, 2020