Confluence of Thought: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Confluence of Thought: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


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While much has been written about the Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., never before has anyone compared the social and political origins and evolution of their thoughts on non-violence. In this path-breaking work, Bidyut Chakrabarty argues that there is a confluence between Gandhi and King's concerns for humanity and advocacy of non-violence, despite the very different historical, economic and cultural circumstances against which they developed their ideas. At the same time, he demonstrates that both thinkers were truly shaped by their historical moments, evolving their approaches to non-violence to best advance their respective struggles for freedom.

Gandhi and King were perhaps the most influential individuals in modern history to combine religious and political thought into successful and dynamic social ideologies. Gandhi emphasized service to humanity while King, who was greatly influenced by Gandhi, pursued religion-driven social action. Chakrabarty looks particularly at the way in which each strategically used religious and political language to build momentum and attract followers to their movements. The result is a compelling and historically entrenched view of two of the most important figures of the twentieth century and a thoughtful meditation on the common threads that flow through the larger and enduring nonviolence movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199951239
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/09/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 798,820
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Clayborne Carson




Chapter 1: The Intellectual Roots of the Confluence of Thought

Chapter 2: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, But Deifying Liberalism

Chapter 3: Articulation of a New Ideology: Gandhi's Approach to Human Equality

Chapter 4: Challenging Jim Crow: King's Approach to Racial Discrimination



Bibliographical Notes and Select Bibliography


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