Pedagogical Otherness: The Use of Muslims and Untouchables in Some Hindu Devotional Literature

This article reconsiders some cases of interreligious and intercaste alterity in early modern India by highlighting a motive for depicting otherness that has been neglected in recent scholarship. I argue that depicting otherness can play an important pedagogical role for those who represent it, and...

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Published in:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Main Author: Keune, Jon
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Year: 2016, Volume: 84, Issue: 3, Pages: 727-749
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Hindi religious literature / Muslim / Paria / The Other
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article reconsiders some cases of interreligious and intercaste alterity in early modern India by highlighting a motive for depicting otherness that has been neglected in recent scholarship. I argue that depicting otherness can play an important pedagogical role for those who represent it, and I show this by discussing a set of Marathi texts involving Muslims and Untouchables that are attributed to a distinguished and controversial poet-saint from sixteenth-century western India. I also argue that reading with sensitivity to the difference between a discursive other and a historical other is helpful for regarding vernacular devotional literature as a source of historical information.
ISSN:1477-4585
Contains:Enthalten in: American Academy of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfw001