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Outside the fold : conversion, modernity, and belief

Author: Gauri Viswanathan
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Outside the Fold is a radical reexamination of religious conversion. Gauri Viswanathan skillfully argues that conversion is an interpretive act that belongs in the realm of cultural criticism. To that end, this work examines key moments in colonial and postcolonial history to show how conversion questions the limitations of secular ideologies, particularly the discourse of rights central to both the British empire
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Études comparatives
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gauri Viswanathan
ISBN: 0691058989 9780691058986 0691058997 9780691058993
OCLC Number: 37606223
Awards: Winner of Association for Asian Studies South Asia Council Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize 2000
Winner of Modern Language Association James Russell Lowell Prize 1999
Winner of American Comparative Literature Association's Harry Levin Prize 1999
Description: xx, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Dissent and the Nation. Ch. 1. Cross Currents. Ch. 2. A Grammar of Dissent pt. 2. Colonial Interventions. Ch. 3. Rights of Passage: Converts' Testimonies. Ch. 4. Silencing Heresy. Ch. 5. Ethnographic Plots. Ch. 6. Conversion, Theosophy, and Race Theory pt. 3. The Imagined Community. Ch. 7. Conversion to Equality. Ch. 8. Epilogue: The Right to Belief. Appendix. The Census of India, 1901.
Responsibility: Gauri Viswanathan.
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