Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres

Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres

by Vinay Lal
     
 

Political Hinduism opens up new and productive lines of inquiry, gesturing at forms of public religiosity that are not bound to the fanaticisms with which religions today are increasingly associated. It includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, politics, and religion such as Madhav M. Deshpande, Roby Rajan, J. Reghu,

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Political Hinduism opens up new and productive lines of inquiry, gesturing at forms of public religiosity that are not bound to the fanaticisms with which religions today are increasingly associated. It includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, politics, and religion such as Madhav M. Deshpande, Roby Rajan, J. Reghu, Julius J. Lipner, Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Ajay Skaria, Paula Richman, and Ronald Inden. They explore the relationship of Hinduism to literature and cinema, and revisit familiar figures to arrive at fresh and even radically new readings. Political Hinduism thus addresses issues of tremendous topical relevance: the transmission of Hinduism to the United States, Gandhiji's religious politics and secularism, analysis of 'Vande Mataram' and its immensely rich history, C. Rajagopalachari's multiple tellings of the Ramkatha, popular patriotism in Hindi cinema, and much more.

With an insightful Introduction by Vinay Lal, this book will be invaluable to students and teachers of politics, sociology, history, and media and cultural studies, as well as general readers interested in learning more about the negotiations between religion and politics in India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198064183
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Vinay Lal has been Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Anegeles since 1993, and Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program in India. His previous books include Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy, The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (OUP 2003), Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi: Essays on Indian History and Culture, Introducing Hinduism, and The Other Indians: A Political and Cultural History of South Asians in America. He has also co-edited (with Ashis Nandy) Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema (OUP 2006).

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