Phiroz Mehta: A Social History of an Indian Philosopher in South London, 1970s-1980s, and his Impact on the Development of Yoga and Meditation in Britain

  • O'Brien-Kop, Karen (PI)

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    This project seeks to capture and assess the philosophy and impact of Phiroz Mehta (1902-1994), an Indian spiritual teacher in 1970s-1990s Britain, whose impact remains undocumented outside of his close circle and has not been analysed in an academic context. The project undertakes oral interviews with members of the Phiroz Mehta Trust and community, in order to capture details of the social history and impact of the philosophical and religious work of Phiroz Mehta. The project includes resarch in the personal library of Phiroz Mehta, currently preserved in a private home in Southn London, to examine his collection and evaluate how he used Indian philosophical and Sanskrit sources in his work – paying particular attention to his dense scholarly marginalia. This strand will also entail analysis of Mehta's publications and recorded talks in order to assess their content, context and reach.
    Effective start/end date1/10/2031/01/22