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The economics of religion in India

Author: Sriya Iyer
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, ©2018 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Based on research conducted in India for over a decade, The Economics of Religion in India outlines the historical growth of religion and contemporary attitudes towards it in the country. The study of religion is related to broader themes of religious conflict and extremism, especially Hindu-Muslim riots since 1950. The book contributes to the economics of religion by discussing how religion relates to growing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sriya Iyer
ISBN: 9780674979642 0674979648
OCLC Number: 1027738698
Description: 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: What is religion and how do economists think about it? --
Religion and religious conflict in Indian life --
The survey of religious organizations --
Temples and economists: religious services --
Faith and the faithful: non-religious services --
Inequality, demography, and socio-economic status --
The modern madrasa: a cast study of religious education in India --
Religious competition and religious marketing.
Responsibility: Sriya Iyer.

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