India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History

India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History

by T. N. Madan
     
 


This is an extremely well-structured and organized collection of readings that examines different facets of religion and religious life in India. The volume takes stock of traditions, culture, history and politics of India's faiths.See more details below

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This is an extremely well-structured and organized collection of readings that examines different facets of religion and religious life in India. The volume takes stock of traditions, culture, history and politics of India's faiths.

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ISBN-13:
9780195668292
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
Oxford in India Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
14.80(w) x 21.80(h) x 2.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : India's religions : plurality and pluralism1
ISetting apart : sacred places and performances37
1The eucharist in a Syrian Christian church41
2The food area in a Hindu home62
3Death and cosmogony in Kashi79
IIBonding together : piety and passion103
4Hindu worship107
5Virashaiva devotion130
6Faith and suffering in Shila Islam150
IIIMediations : charisma and spiritual power165
7Jain monks169
8Muslim spiritual masters185
9Sikh martyrs196
IVTraditions : oral narratives and canonical texts217
10Folklore221
11Dharma230
12The Khalsa Rahit246
VInnovations : religious creativity and social change263
13The Kabir-Panth267
14The Ramakrishna mission283
15Ambedkar's Buddhism307
VIIntertwinements : religion, society, and politics327
16The South Indian temple : authority, honour, and redistribution331
17Church and community in Goa352
18Religious devotion and politics at Hazratbal in Kashmir371
Epilogue : religion in India : an essay in interpretation383

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