Wives, Intellectuals, and Ascetics: the Braham scholar household in early-modern India

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Friday, October 6, 20175:00PM - 7:00PMJackman Humanities Building
100 St. George Street
Room 100
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While there is an enormous body of work on Brahman scholars as intellectuals within the Mughal world, their social histories are less well developed, particularly their lives within one of the essential prerequisites for intellectual labour—the lineage and its practical locale in the scholar household. This keynote will offer a tentative exploration of the domestic world of the scholar household, where marriage provided for the social reproduction of scholar families, and brought new connections and resources within a wider world of scholastic competition. Even some ascetic lineages, with their own quasi-familial patterns of recruitment, were a part of this extended domestic world, and the worlds of the intellectual and the domestic, the household and the ascetic, look to be rather more connected than they sometimes appear in our familiar understandings of them.

Reception to follow, no registration required


Martina Mimica


Rosalind O'Hanlon
Professorship of Indian History and Culture, University of Oxford


Department of History

Centre for Buddhist Studies

Centre for South Asian Studies

Department for the Study of Religion

Historical Studies, UTM

Institute of Islamic Studies


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