India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History by MadanIndia's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History by Madan

India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and History


Paperback | September 30, 2011

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Religion occupies an important place in both the private and public domains in India. This volume is a collection of essays on India's major religions as practised in everyday life. It approaches religion from the perspectives of ethnography and history. It takes stock of traditions, culture,history, and politics of India's faiths. The readings explore sacred places and performances, bonding, mediators and thinkers, charisma, spiritual power and innovation, which are significant components of cultural traditions as well. Beginning with the concept of the sacred defined by its otherness,the book proceeds to explore how the hiatus that otherness creates may overcome by bonding via piety and passion. The process of overcoming separation, or bonding, is universally facilitated by mediators of one kind or another, such as magicians, spiritual masters, or martyrs. Traditions areconstructed, preserved, and transmitted in a number of ways that include the oral narrative and the literary text. This does not mean, however, that religious traditions are static. They, in fact, grow gradually and sometimes change radically. The dominant themes dealt with here include those ofdeath, food, worship and devotion, spiritual masters, martyrs, and dharma. The second edition includes a new Appendix with a comparative regional perspective, and a new Preface.
T. N. Madan is Honorary Professor at Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, Delhi.
Title:India's Religions: Perspectives from Sociology and HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:444 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198074905

ISBN - 13:9780198074908


Table of Contents

Preface to Second EditionPrefaceIntroduction: India's Religions: Plurality and PluralismT. N. Madan; Section I: Setting Apart: Sacred Places and Performances (Prefatory Remarks)1. The Eucharist in a Syrian Christian Church, Susan Visvanathan2. The Food Area in a Hindu Home, R. S. Khare3. Death and Cosmogony in Kashi, Jonathan P. ParrySection II: Bonding Together: Piety and Passion4. Hindu Worship, C. J. Fuller5. Virashaiva Devotion, A. K. Ramanujan6. Faith and Suffering in Shia Islam, Akbar S. AhmedSection III: Mediations: Charisma and Spiritual Power7. Jain Monks, Lawrence A. Babb8. Muslim Spiritual Masters, Desiderio Pinto9. Sikh Martyrs, Louis E. FenechSection IV: Traditions: Oral Narratives and Canonical Texts10. Folklore, Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine11. Dharma, Gavin Flood12. The Khalsa Rahit, W. H. McLeodSection V: Innovations: Religious Creativity and Social Change13. The Kabir-Panth, David N. Lorenzen14. The Ramakrishna Mission, Krishna Prakash Gupta15. Ambedkar's Buddhism, Martin FuchsSection VI: Intertwinements: Religion, Society, and Politics16. The South Indian Temple: Authority, Honour, and Redistribution, Arjun Appadurai and Carol A. Breckenridge17. Church and Community in Goa, Rowena Robinson18. Religious Devotion and Politics at Hazratbal in Kashmir, Muhammad Ishaq KhanEpilogue: Religion in India: An Essay in InterpretationAppendix: Inclusion and Exclusion in India, Pakistan, and BangladeshNotes on ContributorsIndex