I was introduced 7th June
2002 to Yoginder's Qalandar website for South Asian interfaith dialogue by Aminah Mohammed, whom I had got to know during my passage through Paris in
summer 2001. Having eventually chanced upon svAbhinava.org on his own on 3rd
Nov. 2003, Yoginder added me to his mailing list of online articles, book
reviews, interviews, etc. When I requested permission on 18th June 2004 to post
his two-part article on "The
Muslim Rishis of Kashmir" within our online project on
Abhinavagupta and the Synthesis of Indian Culture, Yoginder immediately gave
me blanket permission to re-publish any of his ongoing pieces, through which we
have gotten to know other Muslim intellectuals, such as
Farish Ahmad-Noor, who now also figure at
Between Mecca and Benares.
I finally got to meet Yoginder in Paris on 15th November 2004 after listening
and responding informally to his talk on
Ali Engineer: the development of an Islamic theology appropriate to the Indian
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