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Poet Kabir: Guide to online resources

Write-up and links by Shaista Anwar Khan
May 2017

KabirBanaras is a city of wealth, dignity, population. It is the city of Ganga, Shiva and Kashi, a city of temples, minarets, balconies and shrines. It is also the city of sant Kabir, the mystic poet, saint and a weaver. Kabir opposed caste practices, rituals, image-worship, and all forms of religious sectarianism. But due to his anti-establishment ideas, he was banished from Varanasi in 1495. The ideological message in Kabir's poems appealed to the poor and oppressed. However, women too were under feudal and brahmanical oppression and exploitation at that time. This attitude continued to remain in Kabir who voiced dissent for the oppressed and the outcaste. The burden of all ills and sins were transferred on to women by him as well.

Kabir's legacy is today carried forward by Kabir panth ("Path of Kabir"), a community that recognizes him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat sects. Its members are known as Kabir panthis. Kabir composed in an earthy style, replete with surprise and inventive imagery. Here are some useful links about the heritage of Kabir:

Kabir's Language and Languages, Hindui as the Language of Non-Conformity,
Charlotte Vaudeville, Indo-Iranian Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4 (OCTOBER 1990)

La doctrina del avatar en el Kabir Panth y la naturaleza avatárica del Kabir Sahab
Uma Thukral, Mariela Álvarez, David Lorenzen

But for Kabir in this Kaliyuga…, Purushottam Agrawal, India International Centre Quarterly, Vol. 37

Translating Bhakti: Versions of Kabir in Colonial/Early Nationalist Period, Akshaya Kumar
Indian Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1 (231) (January-February 2006)

Kabir in Tagore's Translation, ASHOK KUMAR JHA
Indian Literature, Vol. 29, No. 3 (113) (May-June, 1986)

Mystic Fervour and Similarities in the Poetry of Rumi and Kabir by Dr Shamenaz

The Concept of Death in the philosophy of Sant Kabir by Sudha Pandit

Concept of Worship and it's Investigation in Sant Kabir's Philosophy by Sudha Pandit

Sant Kabir and Dalit Discussion by Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

Dissent in Kabir and the Kabir Panth (draft) by David N Lorenzen

A Dialogue: Anika and Kabir Discuss Things by Aaron Rubin

Saint Kabir 1398 A.D - 1448 A.D by Harbans Singh

Songs of Kabir by Chetan K. Jain and John B. Hare

Kabir by Ivan M. Granger

Women Subjects in Kabir’s Poetry by Dr. Mamta. G. Sagar

Women in Kabir: Outcaste of the outcastes By: Mamta Sagar

The Kabir Project http://kabirproject.org/
Youtube channel of Kabir Project https://youtube.com/user/Kabirproject

Kahat Kabir: Five musicians inspired by the mystical poet philosopher's simple lyrics

Kabir’s dohas in Urdu text

One hundred poems of Kabir, tr. by Rabindranath Tagore assisted by Evelyn Underhill

Two Braj Bhasha Poets: Kabir and Rahim

Books for kids: Kabir the weaver poet

Poet Kabir's Verses Given A Modern Twist Through Rock Music

Kabir - Poetry Chaikhana

One Hundred Poems by Kabir

Kabir: A hard hitting poet and a social reformer

This list is in progress. Please let us know if you know of some good Oral history archive on the Internet which concerns us and we may have missed. Please report if you find any dead links.

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