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The Lost Age of ReasonPhilosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700$
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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199218745.001.0001

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Dārā Shukoh

Dārā Shukoh

A Spacious Islam

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The Lost Age of Reason

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the character of hospitality the crown prince Dārā Shukoh showed in introducing Hindu texts to the world of courtly Persianate Islamic learning. In 1656, Dārā assembled a team of paṇḍit translators to help in his project of interpreting and decoding three Hindu texts: the Upaniṣads, the Bhagavad-gītā, and the Yoga-vāsiṣṭha into Persian language. Dārā's project proved to be of great historic importance to European scholars and Sufi seekers, who are more familiar with Persian than Sanskrit. However, Dārā's project led him to be condemned for heresy and executed by Aurangzeb in 1659.

Keywords:   Dārā Shukoh, hospitality, Hindu texts, Persianate Islamic learning, paṇḍit translators, Upaniṣads, Bhagavad-gītā, Yoga-vāsiṣṭha

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