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Religious Conversion in India - Modes, Motivations, and Meanings
Religious Conversion in India - Modes, Motivations, and Meanings

Religious Conversion in India - Modes, Motivations, and Meanings

by Rowena Robinson

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

01956890446 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 420

Binding

Paperback

Rowena Robinson

Author: Rowena Robinson
Sathianathan Clarke/
Translator(s)/ Edito: Rowena Robinson/Sathianathan Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 420
ISBN/UPC (if available): 01956890446

Description

This volume brings together important and highly original essays by leading scholars of religion, history, and society reflecting upon the idea and practice of conversion in India.

The experience of conversion is viewed as a terrain of multiple and diverse possibilities that focus on new boundaries, identities, beliefs, and practices. Further, the volume explores a range of contexts in which novel forms of piety, and modes of religious dissent and desertion take shape.

The modes, motivations, and symbolic meanings which Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism attach to religious conversion are identified and transformations of sect, caste, and tribe explored across space and time.

As an engagement of sociology, theology, and history in the lively and sometimes vitriolic discourse on religious conversion in India, this volume will be an important and significant resource for students, teachers, and researchers in these diverse fields.

REVIEWS

The book is packed with sound scholarship and well argued facts, IT is highly recommended for reading and reflection.
-Contributions to Indian Sociology

It examines the various facets of conversion in India, Knowledge should serve the cause of not only science but also society. This book admirably serves both.
-T K Oomen, The Book Review

For those researching this area, the book is a historically thick work marked by copious detail of theory, perspectives and techniques useful for further study.
-Seminar

This book is an important contribution to the sociology of religion and theology and will be of importance to researchers and general readers.
-The Telegraph

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION

SECTION ONE

ROWENA ROBINSON
Modes of Conversion to Islam

DOMINIQUE-SILA KHAN
Diverting the Ganges:
The Nizari Ismaili Model of Conversion in South Asia

STEPHEN F DALE
Trade, Conversion, and the Growth of the Islamic Community in Kerala

RICHARD EATON
Who are the Bengal Muslims?
Conversion and Islamization in Bengal

YOGINDER SIKAND
Arya Shuddhi and Muslim Tabligh:
Muslim Reactions to Arya Samaj Proselytization (1923-30)

SECTION TWO

ROWENA ROBINSON
Conversion to Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism: Past and Present

PAUL DUNDAS
Conversion to Jainism: Historical Perspectives

LOUIS E FENECH
Conversion and Sikh Tradition

TORKEL BREKKE
Conversion in Buddhism ?

GARY TARTAKOV
B R Ambedkar and the Navayana Diksha

SECTION THREE
Sathianathan Clarke
Transformations of Caste and Tribe

SAURABH DUBE AND ISHITA BANERJEE DUBE
Spectres of Conversion:
Transformations of Caste and Sect in India

DAVID HARDIMAN
Assertion, Conversion, and Indian Nationalism: Govind’s Movement among the Bhils

SECTION FOUR

SATHIANATHAN CLARKE
Conversion to Christianity

ROWENA ROBINSON
Sixteenth Century Conversions to Christianity in Goa

SATHIANATHAN CLARKE
Conversion to Christianity in Tamil Nadu:
Conscious and Constitutive Community Mobilization
Towards a Different symbolic world Vision

JOHN C B WEBSTER
Christian Constitutive in the Punjab: What has Changed?

FREDERICK S DOWNS
Christian Conversion Movements in North East India

INDEX

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