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Dharma in America

A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora, 1st Edition

By Pankaj Jain


176 pages

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America now is home to approximately three million Hindus and Jains. Their contribution to the economic and intellectual growth of the country is unquestionable. Dharma in America aims to explore the role of Hindu and Jain Americans in diverse fields such as:

  • education and civic engagements
  • medicine and healthcare
  • music.  

Providing a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the last two centuries, this book also gives some insights into the ongoing issues and challenges these important ethnic and religious groups face in the Americas today.


"Pankaj Jain has done a great service both to the Indian American community and to the wider public with this valuable and timely book. Engagingly written, with humor and clarity, the reader comes away with a vivid sense of the Indian American experience. The chapter on the often overlooked Jain community is a particular strength of this work, which is sure to become an indispensable volume in the literature on multicultural studies." - Jeffery D. Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Elizabethtown College, USA

Table of Contents

Prologue: Being Hindu, Being Jain, Being American

1. Introduction

2. Before "Coolies," Beyond "Cyber Coolies": The Silent Minority of Indians

3. Indians and Ayurveda in American Food and Healthcare Industries

4. Indian Classical and Hindu Music in America

5. Jains in North America

6. Indian Americans and Civic Engagements

Epilogue and Conclusion.

Appendix 1. The Jain society of North Texas by Anant Jain

Appendix 2. Jain diaspora poem by Cromwell Crawford

Appendix 3. A list of Jain temples in North America

Appendix 4. A list of universities with Jain studies by Sulekh Jain

Appendix 5. A brief art history of Jain sculpture in North America

Appendix 6. An interview about adding Asian holidays in Texas public schools



About the Author

Pankaj Jain is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General