Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir (AAR Religion in Translation)

ISBN-13: 9780190889814
ISBN-10: 0190889810
Author: Stainton, Hamsa
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780190889814
ISBN-10: 0190889810
Author: Stainton, Hamsa
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 352 pages

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Acknowledged authors Stainton, Hamsa wrote Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir (AAR Religion in Translation) comprising 352 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0190889810 and 9780190889814. Since then Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir (AAR Religion in Translation) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Historically, Kashmir was one of the most dynamic and influential centers of Sanskrit learning and literary production in South Asia. In Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir, Hamsa Stainton investigates the close connection between poetry and prayer in South Asia by studying the history of Sanskrit hymns of praise (stotras) in Kashmir. The book provides a broad introduction to the history and general features of the stotra genre, and it charts the course of these literary hymns in Kashmir from the eighth century to the present. In particular, it offers the first major study in any European language of the Stutikusum=añjali, an important work of religious literature dedicated to the god 'Siva and one of the only extant witnesses to the trajectory of Sanskrit literary culture in fourteenth-century Kashmir.

The book also contributes to the study of 'Saivism by examining the ways in which 'Saiva poets have integrated the traditions of Sanskrit literature and poetics, theology (especially non-dualism), and 'Saiva worship and devotion. It substantiates the diverse configurations of 'Saiva bhakti expressed and explored in these literary hymns and the challenges they present for standard interpretations of Hindu bhakti. More broadly, this study of stotras from Kashmir offers new perspectives on the history and vitality of prayer in South Asia and its complex relationships to poetry and poetics.

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