Jonathan Peterson

Jonathan Peterson

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, University of Toronto

Jonathan is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on religion in pre-modern South Asia. He completed his PhD in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021. Jonathan works on religious exchange and community formation in early-modern South Asia, with a particular interest in Sanskrit intellectuals in Persianate Deccan and northern India. Drawing on sources in Sanskrit, Marathi, and Persian, Jonathan's monograph in progress, Polemics and Power in Early Modern South Asia, 1550-1700, examines how competing Vedānta traditions used oral debate and written polemics to cement the boundaries of caste, doctrine, and community. His articles have appeared in the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History and the Journal of Indian Philosophy, and he is currently participating in two collaborative research projects––an ambitious intellectual history of Vedānta and a global comparative study of blasphemy, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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