Sociology of Religion in India

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Rowena Robinson
SAGE, Feb 20, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 359 pages
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Focused on the theme of the sociology of religion, this volume brings together essays by well-known scholars which examine the resurgence of religious identities in the Indian context. The contributors question many received notions, address critical problems, and raise important issues surrounding various current debates./-//-/The papers are divided into four sections. The first deals with religion, society and national identity. The next section is devoted to sects, cults, shrines and the making of traditions. The third section discusses religious conversion, while the last section provides a comparative perspective drawn from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. /-//-/Tackling a subject of immense contemporary importance and demonstrating a sensitivity to the shifts and changes brought about in faith, identity and tradition, this volume will be of considerable interest to students of sociology, anthropology, religion, politics and history./-//-/This book is one of the Indian Sociological Society: Golden Jubilee Volumes.
 

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Contents

Series Note
9
RELIGION SOCIETY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
35
National Integration and Religion
54
Religion and Economic Development
68
The IndoIslamic Tradition
84
A Comparative
100
SECTS CULIE SHRINES AND THE MAKING OF TRADITIONS
125
An Essay
149
RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN INDIA SOME SOCIOLOGICAL ISEUES
175
Its Social
199
Issues of Christianity in Colonial Chhattisgath
231
Emancipation through Proselytism? Some Reflections
256
Religion and Language in the Formation of Nationhood
275
The Influence of Indian Islam on Fundamentalist Trends
302
Related Readmgs in the Sociological Bulletin
343
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