South Asian Christian Diaspora: Invisible Diaspora in Europe and North America

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The South Asian Christian diaspora is largely invisible in the literature about religion and migration. This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian Christians living in Europe and North America, presenting the main features of these diasporas, their community histories and their religious practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754662617
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Making an invisible diaspora visible Knut A. Jacobsen Jacobsen, Knut A. Selva J. Raj Raj, Selva J. 1

1 South Asian Christians in the UK Eleanor Nesbitt Nesbitt, Eleanor 17

2 Religion as an arena for the expression of identity : Roman Catholic Pondicherrians in France Brigitte Sebastia Sebastia, Brigitte 39

3 The seventieth anniversary of 'John Matthew' : on 'Indian' Christians in Germany Urmila Goel Goel, Urmila 57

4 Seeking the blessing of the Consolatrix Afflictorum : the annual pilgrimage of Sri Lanka Tamils to the Madonna in Kevelaer (Germany) Brigitte Luchesi Luchesi, Brigitte 75

5 Perpetuating religious and social concepts in the extended motherland : Tamil Christians in Berne (Switzerland) Damaris Luthi Luthi, Damaris 97

6 Creating Sri Lankan Tamil Catholic space in the South Asian diaspora in Norway Knut A. Jacobsen Jacobsen, Knut A. 117

7 Goans and Damanians in Portugal : an overview of a singular diaspora Helena Maria Mauricio C. Sant'ana Sant'ana, Helena Maria Mauricio C. 133

8 Surinamese East Indian Christians in the Netherlands Freek L. Bakker Bakker, Freek L. 155

9 The culture of Asian Indian Catholicism in North America Elizabeth Cameron Galbraith Galbraith, Elizabeth Cameron 171

10 New land, new challenges : the role of religion in the acculturation of Syro-Malabar Catholics in Chicago Selva J. Raj Raj, Selva J. 183

11 Indian Christians and marriage patterns Farha Ternikar Ternikar, Farha 197

12 Doing friendship, making contacts and building trust : Christian Indian responses to religious diversity Nori Henk Henk, Nori 209

13 From Hinduism to Christianity, from India to New York : bondage and exodusexperiences in the lives of Indian Dalit Christians in the diaspora Rachel Fell McDermott McDermott, Rachel Fell 223

Conclusion South Asian Christians in the West Raymond Brady Williams Williams, Raymond Brady 249

Index 265

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