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Author Stoker, Valerie, 1969- author

Title Polemics and patronage in the city of victory : Vyāsatīrtha, Hindu sectarianism, and the sixteenth-century Vijayanagara Court / Valerie Stoker
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 215 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series South Asia across the disciplines
South Asia across the disciplines.
Contents Hindu sectarianism and the City of Victory -- Royal and religious authority in sixteenth-century Vijayanagara: a Mahadhipati at Kadevaraya's court -- Sectarian rivalries at an ecumenical court: Vyasatirtha, Advaita Vedanta, and the Smarta Brahmins -- Allies or rivals? Vyasatirtha's material, social, and ritual interactions with the Srivaiavas -- The social life of Vedanta philosophy: Vyasatirtha's polemics against Visiadvaita Vedanta -- Hindu, ecumenical, sectarian: religion and the Vijayanagara court
Summary "How did the patronage activities of the Vijayanagara Empire (c. 1346-1565) influence Hindu sectarian identities? Contrary to most portraits of the empire as a Hindu bulwark against Islamic incursion from the north or as a religiously ecumenical state, in Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory, Valerie Stoker argues that the Vijayanagara court was selective in its patronage of religious institutions. But the motivations behind this selectivity were not always religious. To understand the dynamic interaction between religious and royal institutions in this period, she focuses on the career of the Hindu intellectual and monastic leader Vyāsatīrtha. An agent of the state and a powerful religious authority, Vyāsatīrtha played an important role in expanding the empire's economic and social networks. By examining Vyāsatīrtha's polemics against rival sects in the context of his work for the empire, Stoker provides a remarkably nuanced picture of the relationship between religious identity and socio-political reality under Vijayanagara rule"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-202) and index
Subject Vyāsatīrtha, 1460-1539 -- Influence.
Hinduism and state -- India -- Vijayanagar (Empire) -- History -- 16th century.
Vijayanagar (Empire) -- Religion -- 16th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520965469 (electronic book)
9780520965461 (electronic book)
(paperback ;) (alk. paper)
(paperback ;) (alk. paper)