Daniel Gold

Professor Emeritus


Daniel Gold has broad interests in South Asian religion and culture, with research specializations in old Hindi poetry, early modern North Indian devotional cultures, and contemporary religious life. He has also written on the study of religion.

Research Focus

Gold is currently revisiting the early modern Hindi saint-poets known collectively as "sants." Situating the religious cultures that have grown up around particular figures in their separate historical contexts, he seeks to understand factors affecting the diversity of the religious cultures that emerged around specific sants and continuities in the development of their tradition as a whole.






Book Chapters

    • Provincial Hinduism: Religion and Community in Gwalior City (New York: Oxford University Press, February 2015)
    • Aesthetics and Analysis in Writing on Religion: Modern Fascinations (University of California Press, 2003)
    • Comprehending the Guru: Toward a Grammar of Religious Perception (Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1988)
    • The Lord as Guru: Hindi Sants in North Indian Tradition (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987)
    • "Bābā Jai Gurudev in the Qasbā: the Ruralization of a Modern Religion," International Journal of Hindu Studies 17, no. 2 (2013): 127-152.
    • "Internal Diasporas, Caste Organizations, and Community Identities: Maharashtrians and Sindhis in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh," International Journal of Hindu Studies 11, no. 2 (2007): 171-90.
    • "On the Aesthetics of Interpreting Religious Life" Rever [Revista de Estudos da Religião] Year 5, Issue 4 (2005), pp. 1-6.
    • "The Sufi Shrines of Gwalior City: Communal Sensibilities and the Accessible Exotic under Hindu Rule," Journal of Asian Studies 64:127-50 (February, 2005)
    •  "Two Yogic Paths to the Formless Lord: The Hindi Sants' Ways Out of the Body," in Meditation and Culture: The Interplay of Practice and Context, edited by Halvor Eifring, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
    • "Sufis and Movie Stars: Charismatic Muslims for Middle Class Hindus" in Lines in Water: Religious Boundaries in South Asia, ed. Tazim Kassam and Eliza Kent (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013), pp. 39-56
    • "Continuities as Gurus Change" in The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Jacob Copeman, and Aya Ikegame (London and New York:Routledge, 2012), pp. 243-254
    • "Yogic Language in Village Performance: Hymns of the Householder Nāths," in Yoga in Practice, ed. David Gordon White (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2012), pp. 289-306; with Ann Grodzins Gold
    • "Vivir Arriba de la Calle Hippopotamus: Religión y Communidad de la Classe Trabajadora del Norte de India," in De lo Antiguo a lo Moderno: Religión, Poder Comunidad en la India, ed. Ishita. Banerjee-Dube, et al. (México, D.F.: El Colegio de México, 2012), pp. 531-75
    •  "Different Drums in Gwalior: Maharashtrian Nath Heritages in a North Indian City," in Yogi Heroes and Poets: Histories and Legends of the Naths, ed. David N. Lorenzen and Adrian Muñoz (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011), pp. 51-61