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Ritual Journeys in South Asia: Constellations and Contestations of Mobility and Space

Ritual Journeys in South Asia: Constellations and Contestations of Mobility and Space

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christoph Bergmann, Jürgen Schaflechner
September 03, 2019

This book focuses on the ritualized forms of mobility that constitute phenomena of pilgrimage in South Asia and establishes a new analytical framework for the study of ritual journeys. The book advances the conceptual scope of ‘classical’ Pilgrimage Studies and provides empirical depth through...

Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia: Insiders, Outsiders, and Interlopers

Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia: Insiders, Outsiders, and Interlopers

1st Edition

Gil Ben-Herut, Jon Keune, Anne E. Monius
August 01, 2019

This book explores the key motif of the religious other in devotional (bhakti) literatures and practices from across the Indian subcontinent unmasks processes of representation that involve adoption, appropriation, and rejection of different social and religious agents. The book reconsiders and...

The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity

The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity

1st Edition

Shalva Weil
July 16, 2019

This book explores the extraordinary differentiation of the Baghdadi Jewish community over time during their sojourn in India from the end of the eighteenth century until their dispersion to Indian diasporas in Israel and English-speaking countries throughout the world after India gained...

Religion and Technology in India: Spaces, Practices and Authorities

Religion and Technology in India: Spaces, Practices and Authorities

1st Edition

Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristina Myrvold
June 06, 2018

Religion tends to flourish when technological developments create new possibilities for communication and representation, and simultaneously change as a consequence of these developments. This book explores intersections between religion and technology in India, at the present and in the colonial...

Women, Religion and the Body in South Asia: Living with Bengali Bauls

Women, Religion and the Body in South Asia: Living with Bengali Bauls

1st Edition

Kristin Hanssen
April 24, 2018

Noted for their haunting melodies and enigmatic lyrics, Bauls have been portrayed as spiritually enlightened troubadours traveling around the countryside in West Bengal in India and in Bangladesh. As emblems of Bengali culture, Bauls have long been a subject of scholarly debates which center on...

Religion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

Religion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

1st Edition

Elizabeth J. Harris
April 05, 2018

Space is dynamic, political and a cause of conflict. It bears the weight of human dreams and fears. Conflict is caused not only by spatial exclusivism but also by an inclusivism that seeks harmony through subordinating the particularity of the Other to the world view of the majority. This book uses...

Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga

Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga

1st Edition

Knut A. Jacobsen
December 05, 2017

The Sāṃkhyayoga institution of Kāpil Maṭh is a religious organisation with a small tradition of followers which emerged in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century in Bengal in India around the renunciant and yogin Hariharānanda Āraṇya. This tradition...

Time, History and the Religious Imaginary in South Asia

Time, History and the Religious Imaginary in South Asia

1st Edition

Anne Murphy
August 04, 2015

Religious imaginary is a way of conceiving and structuring the world within the conceptual and imaginative traditions of the religious. Using religious imaginary as a reference, this book analyses temporal ideologies and expressions of historicity in South Asia in the early modern, pre-colonial and...

Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodh Gaya Jataka

Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodh Gaya Jataka

1st Edition

David Geary, Matthew R. Sayers, Abhishek Singh Amar
September 12, 2014

Bodh Gaya in the North Indian state of Bihar has long been recognized as the place where the Buddha achieved enlightenment. This book brings together the recent work of twelve scholars from a variety of disciplines - anthropology, art history, history, and religion – to highlight their...

Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing

Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing

1st Edition

Fabrizio Ferrari
February 27, 2014

Drawing on original fieldwork, this book develops a fresh methodological approach to the study of indigenous understandings of disease as possession, and looks at healing rituals in different South Asian cultural contexts. Contributors discuss the meaning of 'disease', 'possession' and 'healing' in...

Parsis in India and the Diaspora

Parsis in India and the Diaspora

1st Edition

John Hinnells, Alan Williams
February 21, 2012

The Parsis are India's smallest minority community, yet they have exercised a huge influence on the country. As pioneers in education in nineteenth century India, and as leading figures in banking and commerce, medicine, law and journalism, they were at the forefront of India's industrial...

Rethinking Religion in India: The Colonial Construction of Hinduism

Rethinking Religion in India: The Colonial Construction of Hinduism

1st Edition

Esther Bloch, Marianne Keppens, Rajaram Hegde
September 16, 2011

This book critically assesses recent debates about the colonial construction of Hinduism. Increasingly scholars have come to realise that the dominant understanding of Indian culture and its traditions is unsatisfactory. According to the classical paradigm, Hindu traditions are conceptualized as...

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