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Religious traditions in modern South Asia

Author: Jacqueline Suthren Hirst; John Zavos
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Suthren Hirst; John Zavos
ISBN: 9780415447874 0415447879 9780415447881 0415447887 9780203802427 020380242X
OCLC Number: 166372026
Description: xvi, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and John Zavos.

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"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.

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"This book captures the complexity and intricacy of lived religious practice in South Asia through well-chosen case studies and focus on crucial questions. Highly recommended" - Paula Richman, Read more...

 
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