Irreverent History
ISBN: 978-93-84082-14-7 • 2014 • HB • 328 pp. • ₹ 1195 • $ 59.95 • £ 39.95

Irreverent History: Essays for M.G.S. Narayanan


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edited by Kesavan Veluthat
Formerly Professor of History, University of Delhi
Donald R. Davis, Jr.
Associate Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions, University of Texas at Austin

This volume brings together essays in honour of M.G.S. Narayanan, a historian who brought about a veritable shift in the paradigm of historiography in Kerala. It contains articles on the history and culture of Kerala, epigraphy, anthropological analysis of temple festivals, caste, and money trade. It is not merely a homage to this truly path-breaking academic, but also a monument to the influential nature of Narayanan’s work. This volume will be useful for students of Kerala history and those who seek to understand the nuances that have shaped what is today called ‘God’s Own Country’.


Daud Ali • Donald R. Davis, Jr • Manu V. Devadevan • Rich Freeman • K.N. Ganesg • Noboru Karashima • Nayanjot Lahiri • Elizabeth Lambourn • Heike Moser • Venkata Raghotham • Bhairabi Prasad Sahu • Krishna Mohan Shrimali • Upinder Singh • Y. Subbarayalu • Christophe Vielle • Kesavan Veluthat

‘The articles included in this volume have discussed issues such as Parasurama tradition, nadus, feudalism, temples, brahmanas, and peasants. The work is useful to the specialist of history of South India. However, a lay reader with an interest in this subject would also benefit from this work.’

Nagendra Rao, New Books Asia

‘The editors of this volume need to be congratulated for their efforts in putting together sixteen essays which are both informative and insightful. Each of the essays here treads the path of hard empiricism and reflects distinctive voices of different sources of our past. It is truly a befitting tribute to the master who only strove to write the truth.’

Suchandra Ghosh, The Book Review


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