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Till Luge is a scholar of religion whose research fuses ethnographic and textual approaches. His area of expertise is the cultural continuum of the Turkic, Persianate, and Indic worlds. His work focuses on the encounter between Islam and Indian religions, both in Turkey and South Asia from the late medieval to the modern periods.
At the Orient-Institut Istanbul, Till Luge works in the ANR-DFG research project “New Religiosities in Turkey: Reenchantment in a Secularized Muslim Country?”. He has been a member of its precursory project since spring 2012 and is a research fellow of the Institute since February 2014. His work in this area comprises the Turkish reception of religious texts, ideas, and practices derived from or linked with India as well as the academic encounter of Turkey with the subcontinent. To date, he has worked on an Ottoman Turkish translation of the Kama Sutra, tantric yoga in Turkey, German émigré Indologist Walter Ruben and the history of Turkish Indology, and the Turkish history of religions.
Concurrently, Till Luge is a PhD candidate at the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation project examines the history of a lineage of North Indian poet-saints, whose early Islamic identity contrasts with the Vaishnava-bhakti (Hindu) religious identity of its later masters. The work delineates the various shifts in identity of this community, relating its religious expressions in several medieval and modern Hindi dialects to Hindu-Muslim relations, matters of caste and class, and the socioeconomic changes in the region under various political regimes.
Besides the above-mentioned, further areas of interest are colonialism, Orientalism, communalism, secularism, nationalism, the emergence and construction of Hindi and Urdu, and the social construction of self and emotions.