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Sociology of Religion in India
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Sociology of Religion in India

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© 2004 | 359 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
In South Asia, religion plays a significant role in the cohesion and operation of identities. Ethic and religious identities rarely disappear with modernity. Rather, modernity refashions religious idenities in various ways.

Sociologists have acknowledged the importance of the role of religion and are increasingly factoring it into their accounts. This volume is, therefore, of great value. The articles selected look at religious customs and traditions, conversion and national identity, sectarian conflict and fundamentalism - issues that bear not only upon local and regional contexts but have wider implications as well.

C N Venugopal
Preface
Rowena Robinson
Introduction
 
PART ONE: RELIGION, SOCIETY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
Proshanta Nandi
Visions of Nationhood and Religiosity
A R Desai
National Integration and Religion
M S A Rao
Religion and Economic Development
A R Momin
The Indo-Islamic Tradition
Nirmala Srinivasan
Ethnic Process and Minority Identity
A Comparative Study of Muslims and Christians of UP  
 
PART TWO: SECTS, CULTS, SHRINES AND THE MAKING OF TRADITIONS
Kunj Behari Singh
Manipur Vaishnavism
A Sociological Interpretation  
 
C N Venugopal
 
Factor of Anti-Pollution in the Ideology of the Lingayat Movement
Ursula M Sharma
The Immortal Cowherd and the Saintly Carrier
An Essay in the Study of Cults  
L Thara Bhai
Emergence of Shrines in Rural Tamil Nadu
A Study of Little Traditions  
 
PART THREE: RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN INDIA: SOME SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES
Rowena Robinson
Some Neglected Aspects of the Conversion of Goa
A Socio-Historical Perspective  
D Dennis Hudson
The First Protestant Mission to India
Its Social and Religious Developments  
Saurabh Dube
Issues of Christianity in Colonial Chhattisgarh
N Jayaram
Emancipation through Proselytism?
Some Reflections on the Marginal Status of the Depressed Castes  
 
PART FOUR: RELIGION BEYOND INDIA'S BORDERS
Tanveer Fazal
Religion and Language in the Formation of Nationhood in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Nasser Mustapha
The Influence of Indian Islam on Fundamentalist Trends in Trinidad and Tobago
Ananta Giri
Religious Resurgence in Contemporary United States
A View from India  

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