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Defending God in Sixteenth-Century India: The Śaiva Oeuvre of Appaya Dīkṣita

Jonathan Duquette


This book is the first in-depth study of the Śaiva oeuvre of the celebrated polymath Appaya Dīkṣita (1520–1593). It documents the rise to prominence and scholarly reception of Śivādvaita Vedānta, a Sanskrit-language school of philosophical theology which Appaya single-handedly established, thus securing his reputation as a legendary advocate of Śaiva religion in early modern India. Based to a large extent on hitherto unstudied primary sources in Sanskrit, this study offers new insights on Appaya’s early polemical works and main source of Śivādvaita exegesis, Śrīkaṇṭha’s Brahmamīmāṃsābhāṣya; it ... More

Keywords: early modern India, Sanskrit intellectual history, Appaya Dīkṣita, Śaivism, Vedānta, philosophical theology, South India, polemics, theism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198870616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198870616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Duquette, author
Affiliated Researcher in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge