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[The book] is such a welcome contribution to the field…The thirty-two pieces in this collection make for a long but surprisingly readable book… Public Hinduisms is a thoughtful, well-crafted, and important set of essays that demonstrates forcefully that Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are not the only public religions nor the only ones that are fighting for their place in the public sphere and for their particular universal truths. Reading this book…is a good corrective and lights the way to a better, more nuanced, and inevitably contested approach to religions in general.

(Anthropology Review Database 2013-01-13)

About the Author

John Zavos is Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. His recent publications include Religious Traditions in Modern South Asia (2011), co-authored with Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, and several articles on Hinduism and Hindu organisations in the UK. He has worked extensively on the Hindu nationalist movement and is the author of The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India (2000). Between 2008 and 2010, he was the principal investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded network project: The Public Representation of a Religion Called Hinduism: Postcolonial Patterns in Britain, India and the US.

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Public Hinduisms critically analyses the way in which Hinduism is produced and represented as an established feature of modern public landscapes. It examines the mediation, representation and construction of multiple forms of Hinduism in a variety of social and political contexts, and in the process establishes it as a dynamic and developing modern concept.

The essays in this volume are divided into themes that address different aspects of the processes that form modern Hinduism. The book includes discussions on topics such as ecumenical initiatives, the contemporary interpretation of particular sampradaya and guru traditions, modes of community mobilisation and the mediation strategies of different groups. It also provides India and diaspora-focused case studies as well as ‘Snapshot’ views elaborating on different themes.

Taking a critical approach to the idea of Hinduism and the way it becomes public, the book provides an interesting read on contemporary Hinduism.

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Dimensions 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
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