Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions

Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions

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Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History
  • New York, NY: 
    , July
     278 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Elizabeth Angowski forthcoming.


Dialogue between characters is an important feature of South Asian religious literature: entire narratives are often presented as a dialogue between two or more individuals, or the narrative or discourse is presented as a series of embedded conversations from different times and places. Including some of the most established scholars of South Asian religious texts, this book examines the use of dialogue in early South Asian texts with an interdisciplinary approach that crosses traditional boundaries between religious traditions. The contributors shed new light on the cultural ideas and practices within religious traditions, as well as presenting an understanding of a range of dynamics - from hostile and competitive to engaged and collaborative. This book is the first to explore the literary dimensions of dialogue in South Asian religious sources, helping to reframe the study of other literary traditions around the world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Brian Black is Lecturer in Religious Studies at Lancaster University.

Laurie Patton is Professor of Religion and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Duke University.


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