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Tony Stewart | Subjunctive Explorations - Fictive Sufi Tales of Early Modern Bengal: The 2nd ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture: Chowdhury Center | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Tony K. Stewart, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Center for Dharma Studies, Center for the Study of Religion


The Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at UC Berkeley in collaboration with the Vedanta Society Berkeley (VSB) are proud to announce the 2nd ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World by Prof. Tony K. Stewart, a recognized worldwide authority in the religions and literatures of the Bengali-speaking world.

Speaker Bio
Tony Stewart is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities and Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is a specialist in the religions and literatures of the Bengali-speaking world. His work on Vaisnava traditions of Hindu Bengal was titled The Final Word: the Caitanya Caritamrta and the Grammar of Religious Tradition (Oxford 2010), a study of the hagiographies of the Bengali god-man Krsna Caitanya. He translated the Bengali and Sanskrit text of the Caitanya Caritamrta of Krsnadasa Kaviraja with Edward C. Dimock (Harvard Oriental Series 1999) and translated Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Vaisnava poetry with Chase Twichell, titled The Lover of God (Copper Canyon 2004). Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs (Oxford 2004) laid the foundations for his current monograph, Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming), a study that addresses the cultural work of folk literatures. Dr. Stewart's current and ongoing projects include an anthology of translated tales, tentatively titled The Needle at the Bottom of the Sea: Five Miracle Tales of Bengali Sufi Saints and a multivolume translation of the medieval epic Candi Mangal of Kavikankan for the Murty Classical Library of India (Harvard).

Dr. Stewart received his A.M and Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Read more about Dr. Stewart and his publications on his Personal Website.

About the Lecture Series
The ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World is an annual lecture series that seeks to invite distinguished scholars of world religions to campus with the aim of improving and diversifying conversations about the role of religion in modern societies. Our first lecture in this series was delivered by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, a recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and H.H. Dalai Lama.

Click HERE to read more about the series and to listen to recordings of past lectures.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies and the Vedanta Society Berkeley.
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PARKING INFORMATION: Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


isas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608