Digital Religion does not simply refer to religion as it is carried out online, but more broadly studies how digital media interrelate with religious practice and belief. This collection explores Digital Hinduism and consequentially studies how Hinduism is expressed in the digital sphere and how Hindus utilise digital media.
Highlighting digital Hinduism and including case studies with foci on India, Asia and the global Hindu diaspora, this book features contributions from an interdisciplinary and international panel of academics. The chapters focus on specific case studies, which in summary exemplify the wide variety and diversity of what constitutes Digital Hinduism today.
Applying methods and research questions from various disciplinary backgrounds appropriate to the study of religion and digital culture, such as Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Anthropology and Media and Communication Studies, this book is vital reading for any scholar interested in the relationship between religion and the digital world.
Digital Hinduism: Studying Hinduism at the Intersection of Digital Media and Culture – Xenia
Part I. Who belongs? Identity and Finding One’s Place
1. Whats(Up) with Hinduism? Digital Culture and Religion among Bengali Hindus – Aparajita De and Rajib Nandi
2. Nepali Hinduism on Facebook: Hindu Identity Beyond Standardization – Johanna Buss
3. Territoriality and the Post National Online ‘Social’. Digital Hinduism, Hindu Identity
and Democracy – Maitrayee Chaudhuri
4. Hindu Religious Identification in India’s online Matrimonial Market – Fritzi-Marie
Part II. Who defines? Authority and Appropriation
5. The Hindu Literary Celebrity Industry in the Age of the Digital: Online Self-
Representations of Ashok Banker, Devdutt Pattnaik, and Amish – Pramod K. Nayar
6. Hindu Gurus in Print and on the Internet – Knut A. Jacobsen
7. "Accidental Conversion" and the Ritual Mechanics of ISKCON’s Digital Sankirtan – Nicole Karapanagiotis
8. Can YouTube be a Guru? Digital Culture and the Interface of Hindu Religious and
Artistic Authority – Xenia Zeiler and Hanna Mannila
Part III. Who debates? Contest and Challenge
9. Religion in Reader Comments: Digital Hinduism in Online News Sites – Jesna
10. The Internet: A New Marketplace for Transacting ‘Puja Things’ – Vineeta Sinha
11. Social Media as Platform for Reactions to Hindu Cow Protection Squads by Indian
Muslims – Tanvi Patel-Banerjee
Digital Hinduism Research: A Critical Overview – Heinz Scheifinger