The South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain, Canada, and the United States

The South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain, Canada, and the United States

by Harold Coward
     
 
Explores religious experience in the South Asian immigrant communities of Britain, Canada, and the United States.

This book explores the experience of religious communities that have migrated from South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) to live in Britain, Canada, and the United States, three countries sharing a common language (English) and an

Overview

Explores religious experience in the South Asian immigrant communities of Britain, Canada, and the United States.

This book explores the experience of religious communities that have migrated from South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) to live in Britain, Canada, and the United States, three countries sharing a common language (English) and an interwoven history. The work introduces the migration history of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs along with the cultural nuances of these traditions. The contributors discuss the various communities’ experiences that grow out of or are related to religion. The book shows how traditions are reformed or reinvented and how they are passed on, both through the family and through institutions. Issues related to public policy and minority status are also addressed. While the main focus is on the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities, specific sections also cover South Asian Christians, the Zoroastrian diaspora, and new religious movements in the West led by South Asians. The book strikes a balance between stories and statistics in order to emphasize the narrative of the immigrants’ experience.

[Contributors include: Roger Ballard, Judith Coney, Harold Coward, Diana L. Eck, Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, John R. Hinnells, Kim Knott, Gurinder Singh Mann, Sheila McDonough, Jørgen S. Nielsen, Joseph T. O’Connell, and Raymond Brady Williams.]

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Scholars of religion in general and specific religions were recruited as contributors, presented first drafts in London in 1996, and revised their essays according to its reception. They explore the experience of religious communities that have migrated to the three English- speaking countries, considering the cultural nuances of each, how traditions are reformed or reinvented, and how they are passed on through the family and institutions. They mainly focus on Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs but also include Christian, Zoroastrian, and other immigrants and new religious movements in the west led by south Asians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“The volume’s contributors are scholars known and respected in their fields; their input to this volume is professional and scholarly. The individual chapters are informative and insightful. The main contribution of the book, though, is the cumulative impact of bringing so much information before the readers. The book takes up a very important and timely topic, the increasingly religiously and culturally significant presence of South Asians in the West.” — Francis X. Clooney, S.J., author of Theology After Vedanta and Seeing Through Texts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791445099
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Harold Coward is Director at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and coeditor of Visions of a New Earth, with Daniel C. Maguire, also from SUNY Press.

John R. Hinnells is Research Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Derby, England, and author of Zoroastrians in Britain.

Raymond Brady Williams, LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College in Indiana, is the author of Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan: New Threads in the American Tapestry.

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