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Majma'-ul-Baḥrain: Transcending Cultural Boundaries in the Quest for "Truth of Truths"

Bhattacharya, Gargi

The Paper focuses on a particular text of early modern India, entitled Majma‘-ul-Baḥrain (Mingling of Two
Oceans), composed by Prince Dārā Shikoh. The discourses that the text offers have a distinct
philosophical/metaphysical approach with the aim to establish the Monotheistic thoughts. In that quest
for “Truth of Truths”, Dārā was highly inspired by the observations of Vedānta and Sufism, which
eventually got the identity of Majma‘-ul-Baḥrain. The current discussion would relocate the very text in
the framework of transcultural literature, analyzing how it transcended different boundaries. In this
regard, Dārā’s own ideology to project something new in the field of spirituality, with the reference to the
happenings of his life and work in the scenario of the then India, will configure the arguments here.

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