Wendy Doniger [O’Flaherty] graduated from Radcliffe College and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her D.Phil. from Oxford University. She is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of many books, most recently The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was, and The Hindus: An Alternative History.
“Listen carefully,/Neither the Vedas/Nor the Qur’an/Will teach you this…” So begins a poem by Kabir, the legendary mystic who drew on the varied traditions of mediaeval India to create some of the most lasting verses in world literature. Indian poet and literary critic Arvind Krishna Mehrotra here offers new translations and scholar Wendy Doniger places them in historical context.