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Disenchanting India : organized rationalism and criticism of religion in India

Author: Johannes Quack
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist organizations:  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Johannes Quack
ISBN: 9780199812608 0199812608 9780199812622 0199812624
OCLC Number: 774396157
Description: xvii, 362 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Object of Inquiry: Indian Rationalists, Modes of Unbelief and Disenchantment --
1. Indian Rationalists --
2. Modes of (Non-)Religiosity and Unbelief --
3. Rationalization and Disenchantment --
4. Methodological Remarks and Research Setting --
pt. II History: Roots of Organized Rationalism in India --
5. "Narrative" of the Indian Roots of Rationalism --
6. Evolution of Rationalism in Colonial India --
7. Influence of the English Rationalist Movement --
8. Organized Rationalism in 20th-century India --
9. Recent History of Organized Rationalism in Maharashtra --
pt. III Ethnography: Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ANiS) --
10. ANiS in Action: The Science-Van --
11. Organizational Structure and Setup of ANiS --
12. Profile and Agenda of ANiS --
13. Individual Interpretations and Applications of Rationalism --
14. Rationalism as a Way of Life --
15. ANiS in Context --
16. Impact of ANiS --
pt. IV Theory: The Mode of Unbelief of ANiS --
Epilogue: Disenchanting India Contextualized --
Empirical Question: A Transnational Rationalist Movement? --
Theory: Disenchantment as Problematic Master-Narrative --
Metatheory: Prospective Reflections on "Researching Rationalism" --
References --
Appendixes --
1. Transliteration of Hindi and Marathi Terms --
2. Interviews and Documented Conversations --
3. Anti-Superstition Bill --
4. Original German Quotations.
Responsibility: Johannes Quack.

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