Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation and Identity

Hardcover | July 20, 2016

EditorRamond Brady Williams, Yogi Trivedi

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Swaminarayan Hinduism is rooted in its formation in India at the cusp of the early modern and colonial period. This book explores the new discoveries, recent research and interpretation of the history, doctrine, devotional arts, and transnational developments provide a foundation for a morecomprehensive understanding of contemporary Swaminarayan growth, belief and practice. The themes that trace through the analyses are tradition and adaptation in the historical and social process of creating a complex new religious identity in response to social, economic and political changes. The book contains current academic research from several disciplinesincluding history, theology, the arts, architecture, sociology, and migration studiesto analyze how the stories, texts, and arts shape and reveal the thought, devotion, conduct, and socio-religious community that guide SwaminarayanHindus through major transitions across time and space in several contexts. Swaminarayan is one of the rapidly expanding transnational Hindu movements with followers and institutions throughout India and abroad, especially in the United States, Britain, East Africa and Australasia.

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Swaminarayan Hinduism is rooted in its formation in India at the cusp of the early modern and colonial period. This book explores the new discoveries, recent research and interpretation of the history, doctrine, devotional arts, and transnational developments provide a foundation for a morecomprehensive understanding of contemporary Sw...

Raymond Brady Williams is LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Wabash College where he served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and as Founding Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Yogi Trivedi is Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Jou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:423 pagesPublished:July 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of TablesList of FiguresAcknowledgementsNote on TransliterationIntroductionSection I HISTORYIntroduction: Raymond Brady Williams1. Situating the Swaminarayan Tradition in the Historiography of Modern Hindu Reform Brian Hatcher2. Sahajanand Swamis Language and Communication Makrand Mehta3. The Gujarati Socio-religious Context of Swaminarayan Devotion and Doctrine Francoise Mallison4. Swaminarayan and British Contacts in Gujarat in the 1820s Sadhu Paramtattvadas and Raymond Brady Williams with Appendix on Historical Dating by Sadhu Amrutvijayadas5. Swaminarayan Ideology and the Kolis of Gujarat Vibhuti Parikh6. Sahajanand Swamis Approach to Caste Sadhu MangalnidhidasSection II THEOLOGY AND LITERATUREIntroduction: Yogi Trivedi7. The Swaminarayan Commentarial Tradition Arun Brahmabatt8. Akshara and Its Four Forms in Swaminarayans Doctrine Smit Gadhia9. Swaminarayan Brahmajnana as Aksharabrahma-Parabrahma Darshanam Sadhu Bhadreshdas, Translated by Sadhu Aksharananddas10. Krishna-bhakti in Premanands Poetry Yogi Trivedi11. Brahmanand and His Innovations in the Barahmasa Genre Dalpat RajpurohitSection III THE ARTS AND ARCHITECTUREIntroduction: Yogi Trivedi12. Early Swaminarayan Iconography and Its Relationship to Vaishnavism Cynthia Packert13. Swaminarayan Temple Building: Tradition and Innovation Rabendra J. Vasavada14. The Nagara Tradition of Temple Architecture and Truth to Shastra Adam HardySection IV TRANSNATIONAL MOVEMENTSIntroduction: Raymond Brady Williams15. Swaminarayan Hindus in Uganda Paddy Musana16. Transnational Growth of BAPS in East Africa Sadhu Vivekjivandas with Mahendrabhai Patel and Sadhu Ishwarcharandas17. Terrorism and Interfaith Relations at Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar Sadhu Brahmaviharidas18. Interfaith Bridge Building in California Kalpesh BhattThinking Through Akshardham and the Making of the Swaminarayan Self Hanna KimSwaminarayan (BAPS) Identity Formation in Virtual Transnationalism Andrew KunzeNotes on Editors and ContributorsIndex