Bhakti Religion in North India: Community Identity and Political Action

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Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration

Preface

Introduction The Historical Vicissitudes of Bhakti Religion,
David N. Lorenzen

Part I: Community Identity

The Making of a Religious Paradox: Sikh Khalsa, Sahajdhari as Modes of Early Sikh Identity
Harjot Oberoi

The Social Significance of Radhasoami
Mark Juergensmeyer

Sanskritization, Caste Uplift, and Social Dissidence inthe Sant Ravidas Panth
Joseph Schaller

The Instability of the King: Magical Insanity and the Yogis' Power in the Politics of Jodhpur, 1803-1843
Daniel Gold

The Kina Rami: Aughar and Kings in the Age of Cultural Contact
Roxanne Poormon Gupta

Part II: Theology

The Theology of the Locative Case in Sacred Sikh Scripture (Gurabani)
Michael C. Shapiro

The Nirgun /Sagun Distinction in Early Manuscript Anthologies of Hindu Devotion
John Stratton Hawley

The Lives of Nirguni Saints
David N. Lorenzen

Chokhamela : Piety and Protest
Eleanor Zelliot

The Avatar Doctrine in the Kabir Panth
Uma Thukral

The Vitality of the Nirgun Bhajan: Sampling the Contemporary Tradition
Edward O. Henry

Part III: Political Action

Interpreting Ramraj :Reflections on the Ramayana, Bhakti, and Hindu Nationalism
Philip Lutgendorf

The Politics of Devotion to Rama
Peter van der Veer

Social Identities, Hindu Fundamentalism, and Politics in India
Susana B. C. Devalle

List of Contributors

Index

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