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Religious Interactions In Modern India
Author: Vasudha Dalmia
ISBN: 9780198081685
Binding: Hard Cover
Publishing Year: 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 438
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Religions in South Asia have tended to be studied in blocks, whether in the various monolithic traditions in which they are now regarded, thus Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Christian, or indeed in temporal blocks: ancient, medieval, modern. This volume seeks to look at relationships both within and between religions. It explores the diversity and the multiplicity within each tradition, the historical links between the various traditions which have crisscrossed the monoliths, but also the specific forms of their co-existence with each other, whether in accord or in antagonism. It views the interaction between 'reformed' and non-reformed branches within each of the modern monoliths, as for instance the Arya Samaj and the Sanatani positions within Hinduism. Its second major concern is to look for grounds shared in the process of modernizing. Though there has been much research to date on religious reform movements, there has been less concern with investigating and analyzing developments across the religious boundaries that so sharply divide Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam from each other today, and all of these from Christianity. And finally, it also looks at the changing social and political frames of reference shared by both religious and secularist strands of thought. The 'religions' targeted include Hindu discourses (Brahmo, Arya, Sanatana, and various traditional formations, the Aryan/Dravidian divide), Buddhist, Jain, Sikh and Islamic traditions, and Indian Christianity.
About Author
Edited by Martin Fuchs, Professor, Max-Weber-Kolleg Universitat Erfurt, and Edited by Vasudha Dalmia, Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley, USA. Martin Fuchs holds the Professorship for Indian Religious History at the Max-Weber-Kolleg (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies), University of Erfurt (Germany), and is member of the M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences 'Metamorphoses of the Political' (ICAS:MP) in Delhi (India). Trained in Anthropology and Sociology he previously taught at the Universities of Zuerich (Switzerland), Heidelberg and Paderbor (Germany), Free University Berlin, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary), and University of Canterbury in Christchurch (New Zealand). His research interests include cultural and social theory, urban anthropology, social movements, Dalit studies and religious individualization; his regional focus is on India Vasudha Dalmia is Professor Emerita, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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