Author: Rowena Robinson
Translator(s)/ Edito: Rowena Robinson/Sathianathan Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 01956890446
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.
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.
This book is an important contribution to the sociology of religion and theology and will be of importance to researchers and general readers.
Modes of Conversion to Islam
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
Who are the Bengal Muslims?
Conversion and Islamization in Bengal
Arya Shuddhi and Muslim Tabligh:
Muslim Reactions to Arya Samaj Proselytization (1923-30)
Conversion to Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism: Past and Present
Conversion to Jainism: Historical Perspectives
LOUIS E FENECH
Conversion and Sikh Tradition
Conversion in Buddhism ?
B R Ambedkar and the Navayana Diksha
Transformations of Caste and Tribe
SAURABH DUBE AND ISHITA BANERJEE DUBE
Spectres of Conversion:
Transformations of Caste and Sect in India
Assertion, Conversion, and Indian Nationalism: Govind’s Movement among the Bhils
Conversion to Christianity
Sixteenth Century Conversions to Christianity in Goa
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