South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions

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This volume deals with a phenomenon of increasing global significance, the South Asian diaspora. In particular it deals with the role of religion. The diversity of religious life in South Asia is remarkable and much of this diversity is replicated in the diaspora communities around the world. The case studies in this book explore and analyse the social, religious and cultural reality of people in the diaspora belonging to Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism and originating from four of the South Asian nation states (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The book highlights the religious diversity that exists in the diaspora communities both across the traditions and within the particular religions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004124882
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Series: Numen Book Series, #101
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Knut A. Jacobsen, Ph.D. (1994) in Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara is Professor in the History of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published a number of books on religions in South Asia (in English and Norwegian) including Prakrti in Samkhya-Yoga (1999).
Pratap Kumar, Ph.D. (1990) is Professor of Religion at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. He is Director of the School of Religion and Culture at the same university and published The Goddess Laksmi: The Divine Consort in South Indian Vaisnava Tradition (1997).
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Table of Contents

The Jain Plate: The Semiotics of the Diaspora Diet 3
(Re) Creating Transnational Religious Identity within the Jaina Community of Toronto 23
Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism in London: Religiosity and Communal Activities of a Diaspora Community 52
Becoming a Colour of the Rainbow: The Social Integration of Indian Hindus in Trinidad, Analysed along a Phase Model Diaspora 77
The Hindu Diaspora in The Netherlands: Halfway Between Local Structures and Global Ideologies 97
Tamil Hindu Places of Worship in Germany 116
Establishing Ritual Space in the Hindu Diaspora in Norway 134
The Hindu Religious Traditions in Minnesota 149
Reversing the Gaze in America: Parody in Divali Performance at Connecticut College 161
The Swaminarayan Movement 180
Transformation of Marriage Patterns in the Kerala Diaspora in the U.S. 203
Rethinking Hybridity: The Syro-Malabar Church in North America 220
Negotiating Identities: The Case of Indian Muslims in South Africa 243
Structural and Cultural Racism in the Educational Underachievement of British South Asian Muslims 269
Embracing Allah and Sexuality? South-Asian Non-Heterosexual Muslims in Britain 294
The Zoroastrian Diaspora 313
Mobilising seva ("Service"): Modes of Sikh Diasporic Action 337
Taxonomy of the Indian Diaspora in South Africa: Problems and Issues in Defining Their Identity 375
Punjabi Religion Amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Britain: The Role of the Baba 393
Haunting Stories: Narrative Transmissions of South Asian Identities in Diaspora 415
Performances of Multiculturalism: South Asian Communities in Sydney 435
Hindus and Sikhs: Community Development and Religious Discrimination in England and Wales 454
Future Prospects 498
Contributors 501
Index 507
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