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Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia

  • Edited by:
  • Federico Squarcini,

This collection of essays is meant to explore the various forms that the theme and the notion of "tradition2 took within the South Asian context, during ancient and pre-colonial periods. Designed by the editor to cover a significant selection of the specialized fields of knowledge that shaped classical South Asian intellectual history, the aim of this volume is to offer a stimulating anthology of papers on the different and complex processes employed during the "invention", construction, preservation and renewal of a given tradition.In this regard, the contributors have expertly analysed a large variety of aspects, namely the transmission of traditional canons "both textual and practical", the dynamisms and the strategies chosen for the renewal of a tradition, its internal and external dialectics, the procedures of its legitimation, the theoretical and pragmatic mechanisms of its survival, the tensions and the criticisms of traditional knowledge systems, etc. Attention has also been paid to problems related to the primacy exercised by highly specialized traditional experts, to monopolies in the transmission of knowledge, to its means of cultural and political justification, and to the connections between a specific traditional field of knowledge and the surrounding social arena.

  • Keywords:
  • Religioni,
  • Cultura indiana,
  • Ritualità religiosa,
  • Lingua sanscrita,
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Federico Squarcini

University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-8485-4235

FEDERICO SQUARCINI (PhD. in 'Social and Historical Studies of Religions' from the University of Bologna), currently researching on sociology of Southasian classical religious and juridical traditions, is teaching 'History of Indian Religions' at the University of Florence, where is also affiliated at the Chair of Sanskrit Language and Literature. Author and Editor of different volumes, he has published in Critica Sociologica, Orientamenti Pedagogici, Parole Chiave, Rivista di Studi Orientali, Social Compass, and serves on the board of directors of Religioni e Società.
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Book Title

Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia

Editors

Federico Squarcini

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

624

Publication Year

2005

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© 2005 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 IT

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CC0 1.0

Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/88-8453-261-2

ISBN Print

88-8453-262-0

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88-8453-261-2

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978-88-5518-802-9

Series Title

Studi e saggi

Series Issn ISSN

2704-6478

Series E-Issn

2704-5919

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