Theorists of modernity had written off religion in the 1950s and 1960s and predicted that it would become unimportant as a marker of identity. However, the very reverse has happened and religion today plays an increasingly significant role in the cohesion and operation of identities on a global scale.
Focused on the theme of the sociology of religion, this volume brings together essays by well-known scholars which examine the resurgence of religious identities in the Indian contest. The contributors question many received notions, address critical problems, and raise important issues surrounding various current debates.
The papers are divided into four sections. The first deals with religion, society and national identity. The next section is devoted to sects, cults, shrines and the making of traditions. The third section discusses religious conversion, while the last section provides a comparative perspective drawn from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United State.
Among the many topics covered are:
About the Author:
Rowena Robinson is Associated Professor in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.
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