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Pathfinders

Series Editor: Dilip M. Menon

This series explores the intellectual history of South Asia through the lives and ideas of significant individuals within a historical context. These 'pathfinders' are seen to represent a break with existing traditions, canons and inherited histories. In fact, even the idea of South Asia with its constituent regions and linguistic and religious divisions maybe thrown into crisis as we explore the idea of territory as generated by thought. It is not cartographic limits that determine thinking but the imagining of elective affinities across space, time and borders. These thinkers are necessarily cosmopolitan and engage with a miscegenation of ideas that recasts existing notions of schools of thinking, of the archive for a history of ideas, and indeed of the very notion of national and regional limits to intellectual activity. The books in this series try to think beyond the limited frameworks of colonialism and nationalism for the modern period and more generally of histories of societies that are told through the prism of the state, its institutions and ideologies.

These slim volumes written by leading scholars are intended for the intelligent layperson and expert alike, and written in an accessible, lively and authoritative prose. Through telling the lives of celebrated names and lesser known ones in context, this series will expand the repertoire of ideas and individuals that have shaped the history and culture of South Asia.

New and Published Books

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  1. Shyamji Krishnavarma

    Sanskrit, Sociology and Anti-Imperialism

    By Harald Fischer-Tiné

    Series: Pathfinders

    This book is the first critical biography on Shyamji Krishnavarma — scholar, journalist and national revolutionary who lived in exile outside India from 1897 to 1930. His ideas were crucial in the creation of an extremist wing of anti-imperial nationalism. The work delves into a fascinating range...

    Published August 8th 2014 by Routledge India

  2. Vidyasagar

    The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian

    By Brian A. Hatcher

    Series: Pathfinders

    This book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820–91). Drawing upon autobiography, biography, secondary criticism and a range of Vidyasagar’s original writings in Bengali, the book interrogates the role of history,...

    Published February 4th 2014 by Routledge India

  3. Raja Serfoji II

    Science, Medicine and Enlightenment in Tanjore

    By Savithri Preetha Nair

    Series: Pathfinders

    In the early nineteenth century, the south Indian kingdom of Tanjore, which had come under the control of the East India Company, flourished as a ‘centre’ of enlightenment. This book traces the contours of the Tanjore enlightenment, which produced a knowledge that was at once modern and deeply...

    Published March 1st 2012 by Routledge India

  4. M. N. Roy

    Marxism and Colonial Cosmopolitanism

    By Kris Manjapra

    Series: Pathfinders

    This is a work of South Asian intellectual history written from a transnational perspective and based on the life and work of M.N. Roy, one of India’s most formidable Marxist intellectuals. Swadeshi revolutionary, co-founder of the Mexican Communist Party, member of the Communist International...

    Published February 23rd 2010 by Routledge India

  5. Veena Dhanammal

    The Making of a Legend

    By Lakshmi Subramanian

    Series: Pathfinders

    This book looks at the life and music of Veena Dhanammal (1866–1938), considered the embodiment of ‘classicism’ in Karnatik music. It locates her art within the cultural, social and intellectual milieu she inhabited, allowing readers to track the changing musical landscape of southern India, as a...

    Published June 30th 2009 by Routledge India

  6. Muhammad Iqbal

    Islam, Aesthetics and Postcolonialism

    By Javed Majeed

    Series: Pathfinders

    Bringing together Islamic studies, a postcolonial literary perspective, and a focus on the interaction between aesthetics and politics, this book analyses Iqbal’s Islamism through his poetry. It argues that his notion of an Islamist selfhood was expressed in his verse through the interplay between...

    Published March 9th 2009 by Routledge India

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Benoy Kumar Sarkar: Restoring the Nation to the World
    By Satadru Sen
    To Be Published December 30th 2014

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