In his own time, the nirgun.a poet-saint
was a controversial ﬁgure. He spokeill of Islam and Hinduism alike, yet, in the end, both groups claimed him as theirown. In this essay, various images of Kab¯ır are discussed. Kab¯ır as he appears inlegends; Kab¯ır as he appears in his poems; Kab¯ır as a historical ﬁgure. But moreimportantly, Kab¯ır as he is perceived as today.
The image of Kab¯ır,
as it were.The question of ‘who Kab¯ır was’ is posed to members of two groups in the city of Ban¯aras, India — one group Muslim (Jul¯ah¯a), the other Hindu (Yadav).