Hinduism and Secularism: After Ayodhya

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The demolition of the Babri Mosque at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 was an event as significant as it was unexpected. In this book, nine scholars (Theodore P. Wright, Jr., John J. Carroll, Matthew A. Cook, Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi, Subhas C. Kashyap, Steven A. Hoffman, Srinivas Tilak, Koenraad Elst, and Vasudha Narayanan) explore the myriad significances of this event for the Hindu and Muslim communities, and for the relations between them, in India.

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This collection of essays assesses the relation between Muslims and Hindus in an attempt to situate historically and politically the 1992 destruction of the Babri Mosque at Ayodhya. The contributors are academics in political science, religion, comparative religion, and Asian studies; one is a member of the Indian government. Several of the essays are devoted to secularism in India, others examine the work of Sita Ram Goel, Islam and identity, and those areas where Hindu- Muslim relations share traditions. Sharma teaches comparative religion at McGill U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333794067
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/6/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Arvind Sharma
• The Muslim Minority Before and After Ayodhya--Theodore P. Wright, Jr.
• In the Shadow of Ayodhya: Secularism in India--John J. Carroll
• Reconstructing "RAM RAJYA:" Tradition, Politics and the Bharatiya Janata Party--Matthew A. Cook
• The Politics of Paradise: Islam, Identity and Politics in India--Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi
• The Case for a Divorce between Religion and Politics--Subhash C. Kashyap
• Historical Narrative and Nation-State in India--Steven A. Hoffmann
Hindutva --The Indian Secularists' Metaphor for Illness and Perversion--Shrinivas Tilak
• India's Only Communalist: An Introduction to the Work of Sitaramgoel--Koenraad Elst
• The Strains of Hindu-Muslim Relations: Babri Masjid, Music and Other Areas Where the Traditions Cleave--Vasudha Narayanan

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