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Hinduism in Public and Private: Reform, Hindutva, Gender and Sampraday

Hinduism in Public and Private: Reform, Hindutva, Gender and 

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Item Code: IDF881
Author: Edited by: Antony Copley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9780198062820
Pages: 303
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.9" X 5.9"
weight of the book: 560 gms
About the Book:

Is religion essentially a matter of private faith or does it ineluctable play its part in society at large? With this critical question at its core this insightful volume of essays investigates the nature of nationalism embraced by the religious reform movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The essays comment on the relationship between these movements and Hindutva, and analyze the reasons behind the possible need for a new kind of social integration within the Hindu community in India.

Beginning with the premise that any pursuit of an Indian identity in the narrow terms of Hinduness is a radical distortion, Hinduism in Public and Private surveys the phenomenon of religious reform movements within the larger paradigm of modernization and in tandem with the ideas of nationalism and Hindutva. In doing so, it poses and explores the important question- what should be the acceptable role and expression of religion in modern society?

The first few essays analyse the influence of key personalities such as Vivekananda, Aurobindo and Dayanand Saraswati on the rise of ideas that later came to be known as Hindutva. The later essays in the volume address the public-private paradigm more directly as they look at feminist movements. In conclusion, the essays demonstrate that whole the exact connection between Hindutva and the religious reform movements remains uncertain; a specifically religious or Hindu nationalism actually grew out of the same intellectual climate as the secular freedom struggle. With a comprehensive introduction by Copley this volume serves the crucial purpose of answering many question about the Hindutva movement which troubled the individual consciousness for a long time. It will be essential reading for students, scholars, political analysts, sociologists, historian, and the informed non-specialist reader.

About the Author

Antony Copley is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent.

Introduction: Debating Indian Nationalism and Hindu Religious Belief
Antony Copley
Saffron and Seva: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Appropriation of Swami Vivekananda
Gwilym Beckerlaegge
The centre of the Religious Life of the World: Spiritual Universalism and Cultural Nationalism in the work of Sri Aurobindo
Peter Heehs
Secularizing the Sacred Cow: The Relationship between Religious Reform and Hindu Nationalism
Therese O Toole
Inventing a National Past: The case of Ramdev's Bharatvars Ka Itihas (1910-14)
Harald fischer-Tine
The Hindu Woman's Right to Samnyasa: Religious Movements and the Gender Question: The Sri Sarada Math and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission
Hiltrud Rustau
Remembering the Tradition: Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Sajjanatosani and the Construction of a Middle-Class Vaaisnava Sampradaya in Nineteenth-Century Bengal
Jason D. Fuller
Mahima Dharma Ascetics: A Case Study on Popular Asceticism and its Patronage Structure in Rural Orissa
Lidia Julianna Guzy
Bhima Bhoi: The making of a Modern Saint
Johannes Beltz
The Seva Ethic and the Spirit of Institution Building in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission
Maya Warrier
Index 290
List of Contributors 302

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