Modern Myths, Locked Minds: Secularism and Fundamentalism in India

Modern Myths, Locked Minds: Secularism and Fundamentalism in India

by Madan


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Secularism is one of the important and contentious public debates in India today. It is seen to be in greater crisis now than ever before, making a case for the continuing presence of this book. The debate also furnishes the making of Indian polity and society, given the inter-related development of culture, society and politics in India. It is thus a debate about religious nationalism and fundamentalism as well. Modern Myths, Locked Minds examines the ideologies of secularism and fundamentalism in the setting of the religious traditions of India—Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam. Further insightful comparison of the traditions is offered, each seen over a long period of time, revealing markedly distinctive historical experiences.

This second, paperback edition comes with a new preface where the author revisits this debate and contemporarizes it for the reader. Also included are two new appendices on secularism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198065104
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/15/2010
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

T.N. Madan is Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in India.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Introduction: Scope, Concepts, Method
2. The Sikh Religious Tradition: Meanings of Secularism
3. The Sikh Religious Tradition: Fundamentalisms, Old and New
4. Islam in South Asia: From Orthodoxy to Fundamentalism
5. Islam in South Asia: Quest for Pluralism
6. The Hindu Religious Tradition: Secularism as Pluralis
7. The Hindu Religious Tradition: Revivalism and Fundamentalis
8. The Crisis of Indian Secularism
Appendix I: Secularism in its Place
Appendix II: Secularism Revisited: Doctrine of Destiny or Political Ideology?

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