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Miracle as modern conundrum in South Asian religious traditions

Author: Corinne G Dempsey; Selva J Raj
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
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"Claims of the miraculous are foundational to faith and skepticism, making and breaking religious careers and movements in their wake. Drawing on a variety of South Asian religious traditions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity - this book revolves around the theme of conundrum, demonstrating how miracles offer divine proof, tenacious embarrassment, and, in many cases, both. The contributors explore not only  Read more...
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Miracle as modern conundrum in South Asian religious traditions.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008
(OCoLC)609154952
Online version:
Miracle as modern conundrum in South Asian religious traditions.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008
(OCoLC)629810291
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Corinne G Dempsey; Selva J Raj
ISBN: 9780791476338 0791476332 9780791476345 0791476340
OCLC Number: 191009598
Description: xiii, 218 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Divine proof or tenacious embarrassment? the wonders of the modern miraculous / Corinne G. Dempsey --
Miracles and modern ambivalence --
The neo-vedanta miracle / Robin Rinehart --
Miraculous health and medical itineration among Satnamis and Christians in late colonial Chhattisgarh / Chad M. Bauman --
Kataragama and the Tsunami : the Adbhuta, Ascarya, and the Pratiharya / Sunil Goonasekara --
Making and breaking shrine reputations --
Showing miracles in Rajasthan : proof and grace / Ann Grodzins Gold --
A miracle (or two) in Tiruchipalli / William P. Harman --
The science of the miraculous at an upstate New York Hindu temple / Corinne G. Dempsey --
Managing the establishment : miracles and popular expression --
An ethnographic encounter with the wondrous in a South Indian Catholic shrine / Selva J. Raj --
The 'deep secret' and dangers of karamat : miraculous acts, revelation, and secrecy in a South Indian Sufi tradition / Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger --
Media of miracles, miracle of media : clairvoyants and commercials on South Asian TV networks in the diaspora / Neelima Shukla-Bhatt.
Responsibility: edited by Corinne G. Dempsey and Selva J. Raj.
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"Claims of the miraculous are foundational to faith and skepticism, making and breaking religious careers and movements in their wake. Drawing on a variety of South Asian religious traditions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity - this book revolves around the theme of conundrum, demonstrating how miracles offer divine proof, tenacious embarrassment, and, in many cases, both. The contributors explore not only how modern miracles are conundrums themselves, but also how they make conundrums out of assumed divides between scientific and supernatural realms, modernity and tradition, the West and the rest, and ethnographer and native."--Jacket.

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