Religious Conversion in India: Modes, Motivations, and Meanings

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Item Code: IDF878
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Author: Edited By: Rowena Robinson & Sathianathan Clarke
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9780195689044
Pages: 420
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 400 gm
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Book Description

From the Jacket:

This volume brings together important and highly original essays by leading scholars of religion, history, and society reflecting upon the idea and practice of conversion in India. The experience of conversion is viewed as a terrain of multiple and diverse possibilities that focus on new boundaries, identities, beliefs, and pratices. Further, the volume novel forms of piety, and modes of religious dissent and desertion take shape.

The modes, motivations, and symbolic meanings which Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism attach to religious conversion are identified and transformations of sect, caste, and tribe explored across space and time.

As an engagement of sociology, theology, and history in the lively and sometimes vitriolic discourse on religious conversion in India, this volume will be an important and significant resource for students, teachers, and researchers in these diverse fields.

About the Author:

Rowena Robinson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Sathianathan Clarke is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological Seminary at Bangalore, and is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard University Divinity School.




Acknowledgements xi
Contributors xiii
Introduction 1
Rowena Robinson
Modes of Conversion to Islam
Dominique-Sila Khan
Diverting the Ganges:
The Nizari Ismaili Model of Conversion in South Asia
Stephen F. Dale
Trade, Conversion, and the Growth of
the Islamic Community in Kerala
Richard Eaton
Who are the Bengal Muslims?
Conversion and Islamization in Bengal
Yoginder Sikand
Arya Shuddhi and Muslim Tabligh:
Muslim Reactions to Arya Samaj Proselytization (1923-30)
Rowena Robinson
Conversion to Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism:
Past and Present
Paul Dundas
Conversion to Jainism:
Historical Perspectives
Louis E. Fenech
Conversion and Sikh Tradition
Torkel Brekke
Conversion in Buddhism?
Gary Tartakov
B. R. Ambedkar and the Navayana Diksha
Sathianathan Clarke
Transformations of Caste and Tribe
Saurabh Dube and Ishita Banerjee Dube
Spectres of Conversion:
Transformations of Case and Sect in India
David Hardiman
Assertion, Conversion, and Indian Nationalism:
Govind's Movement among the Bbils
Sathianathan Clarke
Conversion to Christianity
Rowena Robinson
Sixteenth Century Conversions
to Christianity in Goa
Sathianathan Clarke
Conversion to Christianity in Tamil Nadu:
Conscious and Constitutive Community Mobilization
Towards a Different Symbolic World Vision
John C. B. Webster
Christian Conversion in the Punjab:
What has Changed?
Frederick S. Downs
Christian Conversion Movements
in North East India
Index 401


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