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Shivaji : Hindu King in Islamic India - James W. Laine

Shivaji

Hindu King in Islamic India

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780195141269
Number Of Pages: 144

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Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony. The legends of his life have become an epic story that everyone in western India knows, and an important part of the Hindu nationalists' ideology. To read Shivaji's legend today is to find expression of deeply held convictions about what Hinduism means and how it is opposed to Islam.
James Laine traces the origin and development if the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the tale. His primary concern is to discover the meaning of Shivaji's life for those who have composed-and those who have read-the legendary accounts of his military victories, his daring escapes, his relationships with saints. In the process, he paints a new and more complex picture of Hindu-Muslim relations from the seventeenth century to the present. He argues that this relationship involved a variety of compromises and strategies, from conflict to accommodation to nuanced collaboration. Neither Muslims nor Hindus formed clearly defined communities, says Laine, and they did not relate to each other as opposed monolithic groups. Different sub-groups, representing a range of religious persuasions, found it in their advantage to accentuate or diminish the importance of Hindu and Muslim identity and the ideologies that supported the construction of such identities. By studying the evolution of the Shivaji legend, Laine demonstrates, we can trace the development of such constructions in both pre-British and post-colonial periods.

"A succinct, cogent study that is admirably well organized and consistently insightful. Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies."--Journal of the American Academy of Relgion "Shivaji is a succinct, cogent study that is admirably well organized and consistently insightful. Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies. In one of the first studies to trace the longitudinal developments in the biography of a major precolonial figure of India, Laine employs an innovative approach that could well be adapted to other figures. In addition, Laine makes valuable observations about the precolonial history of 'Hinduism'"--Journal of the American Academy of Religion "A succinct, cogent study that is admirably well organized and consistently insightful. Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies."--Journal of the American Academy of Relgion "Shivaji is a succinct, cogent study that is admirably well organized and consistently insightful. Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies. In one of the first studies to trace the longitudinal developments in the biography of a major precolonial figure of India, Laine employs an innovative approach that could well be adapted to other figures. In addition, Laine makes valuable observations about the precolonial history of 'Hinduism'"--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Shivajip. 6
Shivaji and Maharashtrian Hindu Identityp. 7
Seventeenth-Century Sources for the Heroic Legends of Shivajip. 20
Shivaji and the Saints, 1780-1810p. 45
Political Readings of Hindu Identity in the Tales of Shivaji 1869-2001p. 63
Cracks in the Narrativep. 89
Epilogue: The Construction of Hindu and Muslim Identities in Maharashtrap. 101
Notesp. 107
Bibliographyp. 117
Indexp. 125
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ISBN: 9780195141269
ISBN-10: 0195141261
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.28

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