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India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History

India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History
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Item Code: IDF781
Author: T. N. Madan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 019568294
Pages: 428
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.7"
weight of the book: 642 gms
About the Book:

The Oxford in India Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology comprise a set of volumes each on an important theme or sub- area within these disciplines. Along with authoritative introductions and sectional prefaces, each book brings together key essays that apprise readers of the current debates and development within that area with specific reference to India. The volumes act both as introductions to sociology and social anthropology and as essential reference works for students, teacher and researchers.

Religion occupies an important place in both the private and public domains in India. This book presents essays on India's major religion from ethnographic and historical perspectives rather than from a theological angle.

Thoughtfully organized and integrated the book opens with a discussion of the dimensions of religious plurality and the ideologies of religious pluralism. The editor characterizes religion as the processes of setting the sacred apart from the non-sacred and bonding them together at a higher level. He further explores the construction and dynamism of religious traditions and points out that religious creativity is as important as tradition. In an earlier volume, Religion in India T. N. Madan presented selections from work published between the 1950s and 1990s. this reader brings together more recent explorations thus updating the historical and sociological literature on India religions.

This volume will be interest to students and scholars of sociology, social anthropology religion, politics, and history.

About the Author:

He is Honorary Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Docteur Honoris Causa of the University of Paris. His numerous publication include Non-renunciation: Themes and Interpretation of Hindu Culture and Modern Myths, /locked Minds: Secularism and Fundamentalism in India (1997).

Preface xi
Introduction 1
I Setting Apart: Sacred Places and Performances 37
1. The Eucharist in a Syrian Christian Church
Susan Visvanathan
2. The Food Area in a Hindu Home
R. S. Khare
3. Death and Cosmogony in Kashi 79
II Bonding Together: Piety and Passion 103
4. Hindu Worship
C. J. Fuller
5. Virashaiva Devotion
A. K. Ramanujan
6. Faith and Suffering in Shia Islam
Akbar S. Ahmed
III Mediations: Charisma and Spiritual Power 165
7. Jain Monks
Lawernce Babb
8. Muslim Spiritual Masters
D. Pinto
9. Sikh Martyrs
Louis French
IV Traditions: Oral Narratives and Canonical Texts 217
10. Folklore 221
11. Dharma
Gavin Flood
12. The Khalsa Rahit 246
V Innovations: Religious Creativity and Social change 263
13. The kabir-Panth
David Lorenzen
14. The Ramakrishna Mission
Krishna Prakash Gupta
15. Ambedkar's Buddhism
Martin Fuchs
VI Intertwinements: Religion, Society, and Politics 327
16. The South Indian Temple: Authority Honour and Redistribution 331
17. Church and Community in Goa
R. Robinson
18. Religious Devotion and Politics at Hazsratbal in Kashmir
Muhammad Ishaq Khan
Epilogue Religion in India 383
Contributors 410
Index 412

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