Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (Google eBook)

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Mathew N. Schmalz, Peter Gottschalk
SUNY Press, Jan 2, 2012 - History - 253 pages
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Focusing on boundaries, appropriations, and resistances involved in Western engagements with South Asian religions, this edited volume considers both the pre- and postcolonial period in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It pays particular attention to contemporary controversies surrounding the study of South Asian religions, including several scholars’ reflection on the contentious reaction to their own work. Other chapters consider such issues as British colonial epistemologies, the relevance of Hegel for the study of South Asia, the canonization of Francis Xavier, feminist interpretations of the mother of the Buddha, and theological dispute among Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. By using the themes of boundaries, appropriations and resistances, this work offers insight into the dynamics and diversity of Western approaches to South Asian religions, and the indigenous responses to them, that avoids simple active/passive binaries.
  

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Contents

Engaging South Asian Religions
1
Part One BOUNDARIES
19
Classification Categorizationand the Census of India
21
Hegel Historical Difference and the Theorization of Indic Religions
39
Muslim and Hindu Veneration of Bonbibi
61
Part Two APPROPRIATIONS
83
4 BOUNDARIES AND APPROPRIATIONS IN NORTH INDIAN CHARISMATIC CATHOLICISM
85
5 THE CORPSE AND CULT OF FRANCIS XAVIER 15521623
113
Encounters with a Small Islamic Sectin Contemporary Pakistan
173
9 CLIMBING THROUGH PARADIGMS
191
AFTERWORD AND RESPONSES
205
Scandals Scholars Subjects
207
Historical Difference
227
Legend versus Myth
231
Staying With and Thinking Through
233
CONTRIBUTORS
235

6 SATI OR FEMALE SUPREMACY?Feminist Appropriations of Gotamis Parinirvana
133
Part Three RESISTANCES
151
Representing the Shivaji Narratives
153

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About the author (2012)

Mathew N. Schmalz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Besides writing regularly as a panelist for the Newsweek/Washington Post “On Faith” website, he has published in various books and journals, including The History of Religion, The Journal of Religious Studies, and Method & Theory in the Study of Religion.

Peter Gottschalk is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India and coauthor (with Gabriel Greenberg) of Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy.

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