Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger is a Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of The Hindus: An Alternative History and, most recently, On Hinduism. Her essay in the May 8, 2014 issue was delivered as the opening keynote speech at the ­annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in March 2014.

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    Songs of Kabir

    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.