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The Quotidian RevolutionVernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India$
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Christian Lee Novetzke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175807

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001

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The Vernacular Millennium and the Quotidian Revolution

The Vernacular Millennium and the Quotidian Revolution

(p.285) Conclusion The Vernacular Millennium and the Quotidian Revolution
The Quotidian Revolution

Christian Lee Novetzke

Columbia University Press

Reflects on the quotidian politics of vernacularization in the centuries that followed the narrow band of decades that consumes the majority of the book. From the fourteenth century onwards, Jnandev’s sonic equality was transformed into a vision of social equality and a champion of the figure of the everyday life. Conversely, I discuss how the Mahanubhavs receded into obscurity in the centuries after their founding, precisely because they increasingly rejected the quotidian world to become a secretive and secluded ascetical sect, a kind of antivernacularization. The book ends with a reflection on how these ideas, formulated with materials from the thirteenth century, might accompany an analysis of the vernacularization of democracy and of the public sphere in India today.

Keywords:   modern period, social equality, public sphere, vernacularization

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