Religious traditions in modern South Asia / Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and John Zavos

Author(s): Suthren Hirst, Jacqueline
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Subjects: South Asia--Religion
South Asia--Religious life and customs
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: London ; New York : Routledge, 2011
LC Classification: B, BL
Physical Description: xvi, 319 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: List of figures vii
List of boxes ix
Preface xi
A note on orthography (how words are written) xv
1.. Introducing South Asia, re-introducing ̀religion' 1
pt. I . Exploring landscapes of diversity 25
2.. Deity 27
3.. Texts and their authority 51
4.. Myth 72
5.. Ritual and worship 93
6.. Teachers and their traditions 115
7A.. Caste: social relations, cultural formations 139
pt. II . Shaping modern religious traditions 157
7B.. The confluence of caste and religion 159
8.. Encounters with the West 172
9.. The construction of religious boundaries 190
10.. Public and private space 210
11.. Conflicting paradigms 229
12.. Twisting the kaleidoscope: reflections in conclusion 246
Modern South Asia: a timeline 260
Glossary 264
Notes 274
References 283
Index 305
Additional Authors: Zavos, John
Notes: LCCN: 2011013941
ISBN: 9780415447874 (hbk)
ISBN: 0415447879 (hbk)
ISBN: 9780415447881 (pbk)
ISBN: 0415447887 (pbk)
ISBN: 9780203802427 (ebk)
ISBN: 020380242X (ebk)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-303) and index
Contents: Introducing South Asia, re-introducing "religion" -- Deity -- Texts and their authority -- Myth -- Ritual and worship -- Teachers and their traditions -- Caste : social relations, cultural formations -- The confluence of caste and religion -- Encounters with the west -- The construction of religious boundaries -- Public and private space -- Conflicting paradigms -- Twisting the kaleidoscope : reflections in conclusion
Summary: "This book offers a fresh approach to the study of religion in modern South Asia. It uses a series of case studies to explore the development of religious ideas and practices, giving students an understanding of the social, political and historical context. It looks at some familiar themes in the study of religion, such as deity, authoritative texts, myth, worship, teacher traditions and caste, and some of the key ways in which Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism in South Asia have been shaped in the modern period. The book points to the diversity of ways of looking at religious traditions and considers the impact of gender, politics, and the way religion itself is variously understood."--Publisher's description
OCLC Number: 166372026
ISBN/ISSN: 9780415447874