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Yogis in Full Color: An Illustrated Persian Field Guide to Indian Religions

Lecture | September 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

Prof. Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This talk will explore a previously unstudied text written in Persian by a Hindu scholar, well-versed in the science of Sufism, for a British patron in 1800, describing 47 different types of yogis who were found in the city of Benares at that time. Four of the existing copies are illustrated with miniature paintings, in one case quite lavish color portraits in the Company style. The presentation will examine how the text illustrates changing understandings of religion in the transition from the Mughal empire to British colonial rule.

Prof. Carl W. Ernst is one of the world’s leading experts on Islam and Sufism. He is William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor (2005- ) and Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.