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Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory : Vyasatirtha, Hindu Sectarianism, and the

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How did the patronage activities of the Vijayanagara Empire (c. 1346-1565) influence Hindu sectarian identities? Contrary to most portraits of the empire as a Hindu bulwark against Islamic incursion from the north or as a religiously ecumenical state, in Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory, Valerie Stoker argues that the Vijayanagara court was selective in its patronage of religious institutions. But the motivations behind this selectivity were not always religious. To understand the dynamic interaction between religious and royal institutions in this period, she focuses on the career of the Hindu intellectual and monastic leader Vyasatirtha. An agent of the state and a powerful religious authority, Vyasatirtha played an important role in expanding the empire’s economic and social networks. By examining Vyasatirtha’s polemics against rival sects in the context of his work for the empire, Stoker provides a remarkably nuanced picture of the relationship between religious identity and socio-political reality under Vijayanagara rule.
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: South Asia Across the Disciplines
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Valerie Stoker
Language: English
Street Date: September 30, 2016
TCIN: 51820913
UPC: 9780520291836
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-5379
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