CONFLUENCES: Forgotten Histories from East and West by Ranjit Hoskote, Ilija Trojanow  

Historical memory is an unwelcome guest at the banquet of belief, even in secular scieties’, write Trojanow and Hoskote midway through this book on the myopic certitudes that have fed into mainstream understandings of Western and Indian civilizations. In their defamiliarising story Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism no longer remain stand-alone edifices guarded by their (religious and scholarly) yakshas and guardian angels. Instead they come into their own through criss-crossing of cultural products, ideas, icons, philosophies, spiritualities, effecting some of the greatest confluences that humanity has known. An elegant corrective to lazy generalities of ‘globalisation’, ‘Hindutva’, ‘Islamism’ and ‘clash of civilisations’. A brilliant story of ‘Connected Histories.’
 -Shahid Amin, Professor of History, New Delhi

Genre: Commentary
Price: Rs. 350
ISBN: 9788190618670

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