189 - Subcontinental Drift: Philosophy in Islamic India

Ideas spread to Mughal India from Iran, and prince Dārā Shikūh seeks to unite the wisdom of the Upanishads with the Koran.

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Further Reading: 

• A.Q. Ahmed, “Post-Classical Philosophical Commentaries/Glosses: Innovation in the Margins,” Oriens 41 (2013), 317-48.

• M. Mahfuz-ul-Haq (trans.), Majmaʿ-ul-Barain or The Mingling of the Two Oceans by Prince Muammad Dārā Shikūh (Calcutta: 1929).

• I.A. Omar, “Delhi’s Debates on Ahl-i Kitāb: Dara Shikuh’s Islamization of the Upanishads,” in R.C. Taylor and I.A. Omar (eds), The Judeo-Christian-Islamic Heritage: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives (Marquette: 2012), 89-109.

• S. Rizvi, “Mīr Dāmād in India: Islamic Philosophical Traditions and the Problem of Creation,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 131 (2011), 9-23.

• F. Robinson, The ʿUlama of the Farangi Mahall and Islamic Culture (New Delhi: 2001).


My thanks to Asad Ahmed and Jan-Peter Hartung for advice on this episode!

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Ganeri on Dara Shikuh

Since we will have the benefit of Jonardon Ganeri on Indian philosophy generally soon enough, I thought I'd point out that he has written on one of the subjects discussed in this week's podcast: https://www.academia.edu/2146286/Dara_Shikoh_and_the_Transmission_of_the...