Provincial Hinduism: Religion and Community in Gwalior City

Paperback | February 25, 2016

byDaniel Gold

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Provincial Hinduism explores intersecting religious worlds in an ordinary Indian city that remains close to its traditional roots, while bearing witness to the impact of globalization. Daniel Gold looks at modern religious life in the central Indian city of Gwalior, drawing attention to theoften complex religious sensibilities behind ordinary Hindu practice. Gold describes temples of different types, their legendary histories, and the people who patronize them. He also explores the attraction of Sufi shrines for many Gwalior Hindus. Delicate issues of socioreligious identity arehighlighted through an examination of neighbors living together in a locality mixed in religion, caste, and class. Pursuing issues of community and identity, Gold turns to Gwalior's Maharashtrians and Sindhis, groups with roots in other parts of the subcontinent that have settled in the city for generations. These groups function as internal diasporas, organizing in different ways and making distinctivecontributions to local religious life. The book concludes with a focus on new religious institutions invoking nineteenth-century innovators: three religious service organizations inspired by the great Swami Vivekenanda, and two contemporary guru-centered groups tracing lineages to Radhasoami Maharajof Agra.Gold offers the first book-length study to analyze religious life in an ordinary, midsized Indian city, and in so doing has created an invaluable resource for scholars of contemporary Indian religion, culture, and society.

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Provincial Hinduism explores intersecting religious worlds in an ordinary Indian city that remains close to its traditional roots, while bearing witness to the impact of globalization. Daniel Gold looks at modern religious life in the central Indian city of Gwalior, drawing attention to theoften complex religious sensibilities behind o...

Daniel Gold grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1968. After several years in India, mostly as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he did graduate work at the University of Chicago and has taught at Vassar, Oberlin, Stanford, and Cornell, where he is now Professor of South Asian Religions. He is married to the anthropologist ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190212497

ISBN - 13:9780190212490

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Table of Contents

On Hearing the TransliterationIntroductionPart I: A City in History with Temples and Shrines1. Temples in the City2. Sufi Shrines for Hindu DevoteesPart II: Community and Identity3. Living Together in a Working-Class Neighborhood: Caste, Class, and Personal Affinities4. Ethnic Communities and Regional Hinduisms: Maharashtrian and SindhiPart III: Institutions and Personalities5. Hindu Ways of Organized Service: Legacies of Swami Vivekananda6. Gurus, Disciples, and Ashrams: Beyond RadhasoamiAfterword: Personal Religious Identity in a Pluralist SocietyPermissionsAcknowledgmentsNotes

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"Lucid and accessible, this important book on religion in Gwalior makes a major contribution to the study of urban religion. Daniel Gold's long history of academic and personal engagement with religious people, shrines, and organizations in this city, with its historically importantmigrations and diverse religious identities, is, quite simply, stellar. Gold's lively style and careful definition of terms renders this work inviting to undergraduates as well as graduate and postgraduate scholars. It is sure to be helpful to and heralded by scholars of religion, anthropology,sociology, and history." --Lindsey Harlan, Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College