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Religious Movements in South Asia 600-1800
Religious Movements in South Asia 600-1800

Religious Movements in South Asia 600-1800

by David N Lorenzen

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English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0-1956-7876-1 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 388

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Paperback

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Author: David N Lorenzen
Editor(s): David N Lorenzen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 388
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-1956-7876-1

Description

This book addresses a range of debates regarding religious movements in the medieval and early modern periods. Eleven key essays debate the linkages between the religious and worldly aims of different movements and the continuity and change in their ideologies, social bases, and organizational structures over time.

They present divergent views on important issues such as the relationship between caste and the sect, the idea of renunciation, the role of the Sufis in the conversion to Islam in medieval India, and the ways in which many South Asian popular movements emerged and gathered force.

In an insightful introduction by David Lorenzen, each debate is discussed in its historical and theoretical context. The influence of Dumont, Engels, and Weber on our understanding of the nature of religious movemtns in and beyond the South Asia is also analysed. Part of the pr estigious Debates in Indian History and Society series, this volume will be useful for students, scholars and teachers of medieval and early modern India, as well as those interested in religious studies, comparative religion, sociology, and anthropology.

REVIEW

It provides a picture, fascinating, of some of the religious movements in Indian history.
-The Book Review

Contents

GENERAL EDITOR’S PREFACE

INTRODUCTION-DAVID N LORENZEN

ALVARS AND NAYANARS

1. From devotion and dissent to dominance: the Bhakti of the Tamil Alvars and Nayanars
R CHAMPAKALAKSHMI

2. Social mobility and medieval South Indian Hindu sects
BURTON STEIN

CONVERSION TO ISLAM

3. Approaches to the study of conversion to Islam in India
RICHARD M. EATON.

4. The Rishi movement as a social force in medieval Kashmir
MOHAMMAD ISHAQ KHAN

RAMA AND THE MUSLIMS

5. Ramayana and political imagination in India
SHELDON POLLOCK

6. Anachronism of the political imagination
BRAJADULAL CHATTOPADHYAYA

7. The founding of the Ramanandi sect
RICHARD BURGHART

KABIR AND THE SANTS

8. The times and their need
P D BARTHWAL

9. Kabir's place in Indian religious practice
HAJARIPRASAD DVIVEDI

HISTORICAL OVERVIEWS

10. Towards a new perspective
KRISHNA SHARMA

11. Imagined religious communities? : Ancient history and the modern search for a Hindu identity
ROMILA THAPAR

INDEX

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

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