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Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions

Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367150778
eBook ISBN: 9780429054853
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429054853
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions presents critical research, overviews, and case studies on religion in historical South Asia, in the seven nation states of contemporary South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, and in the South Asian diaspora.

Chapters by an international set of experts analyse formative developments, roots, changes and transformations, religious practices and ideas, identities, relations, territorialisation, and globalisation in historical and contemporary South Asia. The Handbook is divided into two parts which first analyse historical South Asian religions and their developments and second contemporary South Asia religions that are influenced by both religious pluralism and their close connection to nation states and their ideological power. Contributors argue that religion has been used as a tool for creating nations as well as majorities within those nations in South Asia, despite their enormous diversity, in particular religious diversity. The Handbook explores these diversities and tensions, historical developments, and the present situation across religious traditions by utilising an array of approaches and from the point of view of various academic disciplines.

Drawing together a remarkable collection of leading and emerging scholars, this handbook is an invaluable research tool and will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of Asian religion, religion in context, and South Asian religions.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Veda Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The rise of classical Brahmanism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Identity in early Indian religion  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Dharma in classical Hinduism Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Reason, dharma, and the discovery of faith Download PDF
Chapter  6:  From yajña to pūjā? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Early pilgrimage traditions in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Sri Lanka’s place in the history of South Asian Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The place of historical Nepal in the history of South Asian religions  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The rise of Vaiṣṇava devotion in North India Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Nātha Sampradāya and the formation of haṭhayoga practices in India  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Aurangzeb and Islam in India Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The territorialisation of Sikh pasts Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Dalits and religion Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Neither here nor there Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Conversion and Christian relations with non-Christians in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Science Sanskritized Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Religion and society in Pakistan Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Religion and society in Bangladesh Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Religion and society in Sri Lanka Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Religion and secularism in contemporary Nepal Download PDF
Chapter  22:  If you build them, they will come Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Regressing for progress Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Festivals in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Indian religions in the United States  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The global manifestation of the Hindu guru phenomenon Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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