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Crossings: Hinduism, Islam, and Bidel’s Practical Comparative Religion
This is Session 3 of the multidisciplinary workshop "Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d. 1720)." In the 1660s, Bidel engaged in a friendly debate with a Hindu friend about imagination, time, and experience in Islam and Hinduism. By transcribing this debate in his autobiography, Bidel acquaints readers with his critical concept of “crossings”—a method of practical comparative religion that draws on the resources of the imagination and lyric poetry. Prashant Keshavmurthy and Hajnalka Kovacs join us to discuss some of the other ways that Bidel encounters, absorbs, appropriates, and transforms Indic ideas, and the broader role of comparative religion in Bidel’s system of thought. In conversation with Prashant Keshavmurthy (McGill) and Hajnalka Kovacs (Harvard).

Nov 20, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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