Supriya Gandhi

Supriya Gandhi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, researches the interface of Islam and Indic religions in South Asia, as well as the emergence of modern Hinduism. Her interests include the religious and cultural history of the Mughal Empire, Islamic mysticism, the early modern and modern translation of Indic texts into Persian, modern Hindu thought, and secularism in South Asia. Her research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright and ACLS/Mellon foundations, among others. Her first book, The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India, examines the writings and political context of the Mughal prince and Qadiri Sufi, Dara Shukoh (1615-1659), whose works include a translation of roughly fifty Upanishads into Persian. Her current book project, Universal Religion: Persianate Hinduism in Colonial India, draws on an archive of Persian, Urdu, and Hindi works produced by Hindu writers in colonial North India and explores the intellectual history of modern Hinduism. Gandhi taught at the University of Pennyslvania and Haverford College before coming to Yale in 2016.