Sarada Devi: Holiness, Charisma and Iconic Motherhood


Author: Amiya P Sen

9789391125707 | PB | pp. 230 | 2022 | Niyogi Books

Sarada Devi: Holiness, Charisma and Iconic Motherhood by Amiya P Sen studies Sarada Devi’s spirituality and social work which inspired the Sarada Math and mission.

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About the Author

The author retired as Professor of Modern Indian history from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. That apart, he has served Delhi University and Visvabharati, Santiniketan. He has been Agatha Harrison Fellow at the University of Oxford, Zimmer Chair at Heidelberg and Fellow at the IIAS, Shimla, and the NMML, New Delhi. Currently, he is also Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford. Prof. Sen’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of intellectual and cultural history of modern Bengal.

To date, he has authored and edited fifteen books and served as Guest Editor for the MDPI international online journal, Religions.


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