Institution: Florida International University
Position: Faculty (Asst. Prof.)
Location: Miami, Florida
Role at DRH: Expert
Area of Research: South Asian Religions, Jainism, History of South Asia, Religious Identity

Biography

I hold the Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship in Jain Studies and am the Director of the Jain Studies Program at Florida International University. My research focuses on the Śvetāmbara Jain religious traditions of western India. I study community formation, religious identity, interactions between Jains and other religious communities and Jain interactions with various polities in the medieval, colonial, and modern periods. My forthcoming book, Reimagining Jainism in Islamic India, examines Jain intellectuals' interventions with the Delhi Sultanate and the ways that their articulations of Jainism in the early fourteenth century reshaped the ways that Jains articulated their tradition, practices, and sacred geography. My current research focuses on a fifteenth-century Old Gujarati didactic story collection on women's "virtue" (śīla), focusing on how the Jain soteriology is articulated through caste and family purity concerns for women. I am also researching how globalization and neoliberalism is reshaping Jain traditions and identity by focusing on a contemporary guru movement based on devotion to Śrīmad Rājacandra (1867-1901) led by a layman guru. My theoretical interests include historiography in the study of religion, narrative, and the construction of authority in religious traditions.

Research Interests

  • Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • Hinduism
  • Sanskrit
  • South Asian Religions
  • Jain Traditions
  • Historiography And The Study Of Religion
  • Prakrit
  • Gujarati
  • Old Gujarati (Maru-Gurjara)
  • Religious Identity In South Asia
  • Religion And Globalization
  • Religion And Neoliberalism
  • Delhi Sultanate
  • Islam In South Asia
  • Religion And Intellectual Culture
  • Religious Narrative Literature
  • Religious Education

Database Contributions

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Jainism April 23, 2020