Religion, Caste, and Nation in South India: Maraimalai Adigal, the Neo-Saivite Movement, and Tamil…

Hardcover | July 25, 2015

byV. Ravi Vaithees

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The extraordinary power and solidity of regional ethno-nationalist identities such as the Tamil in South Asia continue to defy easy explanations. In this work, Ravi Vaithees, departing sharply from conventional "secular" accounts, examines the deeper religious roots of Tamil/Dravidian identityformation and its relationship to broader processes of nationality formation in South Asia. Through a close and innovative reading of the life and career of Maraimalai Adigal (1876-1950), who played a central role in consolidating the intellectual and cultural foundation for non-Brahmin Tamil nationalism and the Dravidian movement, the author presents interesting insights into the historyof the neo-Saivite revival. The neo-Saivite articulation of non-Brahmin Tamil nationalism endowed it with a critical spirit that not only eschewed the philosophical idealism found in Brahmanism and neo-Vedantic thought but also celebrated the more firmly grounded, earthy, and sensuous Tamil tradition reflected in ancient Tamiland Bhakti poetry and Tamil Saiva Siddhanta. This has been brought forth by drawing from a range of influences including colonial and Christian missionary critiques of Brahminism and neo-Vedantic currents.

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The extraordinary power and solidity of regional ethno-nationalist identities such as the Tamil in South Asia continue to defy easy explanations. In this work, Ravi Vaithees, departing sharply from conventional "secular" accounts, examines the deeper religious roots of Tamil/Dravidian identityformation and its relationship to broader p...

V. Ravi Vaithees is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian and World History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where he has been teaching for the past 14 years. Earlier, he was Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Toronto, from where he had received his PhD in modern South Asian history.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.14 inPublished:July 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresPrefaceAcknowledgementsNote on Transliteration and TranslationList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Framing the Neo-Saivite Revival in Tamil Nadu2. Maraimalai Adigal and the Naveenar (Modernist)Saivite Revival in Tamil Nadu3. Theorizing the Naveenar Saivite Revival: Reinscribing Religion as Nation4. Forging a Tamil Nation: The Politics of Language, Race, Caste, and GenderConclusion: The Promise and Legacies of Non-Brahmin Tamil NationalismBibliographyIndexAbout the Author