Freitag, 07. April 2017, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

Sufis and Yogis in the Ganges Plain

Ein Vortrag von Dr. Thomas Dahnhardt (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Asian and North African Studies)

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Unicampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


In many regards, the North Indian Ganges Plain is the heartland of South Asian civilization, both geographically and culturally. Since times immemorial, the fertile plains framed by the Himalaya in the North and the Vindya Mountains in the South have been the stage for major cultural developments which significantly shaped the civilization of South Asia from the time of the ancient Aryan kingdoms (mah?janapadas) until the rise of European colonial power. Not surprisingly, it was there that the encounter between India and Islam gave rise to some significant phenomena of cross-cultural communication thereby providing evidence of the livelihood characterizing the parts involved. Thus, the intellectual discourse in which the affiliates of the orders rooted in the esoteric sciences of Islam (?ilm al-b??in) on one side (?uruq, pl. of ?ar?qa) and the initiatory disciplines of Hinduism (sa?prad?ya) on the other engaged over the centuries resulted in a series of interesting elaborations which provide a fascinating ground for investigation, for the spiritual seeker as well as for the academic observer.

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