Organizing Jainism in India and England

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMarcus Banks

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Although the Jains have a religious history spanning two-and -a-half millennia Western scholars have shown little interest in them until recently. Drawing on fieldwork conducted among Jains in the Indian state of Gujarat and a migrant Gujarati Jain group in Leicester, England, Marcus Banksaims to provide an understanding of contemporary Jain identity through an examination of their social and religious organizations. The first part of the book describes the array of religious and caste organizations found among Jains in the Indian city of Jamnagar and how Jains from Jamnagar and elsewhere in Gujarat migrated to East Africa, transforming their organizations in the process. The second part looks at the new formsof organization that have developed among the Jains who came to Leicester from East Africa and the part these have played in changing perceptions of Jainism itself. Throughout the book Dr Banks plays special attention to the use and transformation of urban space by religious and other groups, andhe concludes with comments on the definition of religion and religious identity. This is one of the first book-length studies of the Jains as a migrant group overseas, where they are studied in their own right rather than simply as an ethnic minority. It will be valuable both for its documentation of a small but influential population and for its direct comparison of aspectsof communal and religious organization in India and the UK.

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Although the Jains have a religious history spanning two-and -a-half millennia Western scholars have shown little interest in them until recently. Drawing on fieldwork conducted among Jains in the Indian state of Gujarat and a migrant Gujarati Jain group in Leicester, England, Marcus Banksaims to provide an understanding of contempora...

Marcus Banks is a Lecturer at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198273886

ISBN - 13:9780198273882

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`a pioneering study of Jainism in three locales ... With remarkable details and sensitivity, Banks narrates contemporary Jain life in Saurashtra and Leicester ... this book provides significant information on the practical observance of contemporary Jainism'Jinamanjari