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Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir

1st Edition

Edited by Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay, Mohita Bhatia

Routledge India

272 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the shifting, non-linear relationship between religion, nationalism, and politics in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. In the wake of the revocation of Article 370, the state’s plural and relatively harmonious society has come under multiple strains, with religion often informing day-to-day politics.

The essays in this volume:

  • Trace the formation of the political entity of Jammu and Kashmir and the seemingly secular politics of its three regions;
  • Discuss the rise of militancy and resistance movements in the Kashmir Valley;
  • Highlight the intersection between everyday life, nationalism, and resistance through a study of the literary traditions of Kashmir, contemporary resistance photography, and everyday communalism located in the changing food practices of Hindu and Muslim communities.

Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir will be an indispensable read for students and researchers of religion and politics, democratisation and democracy, secularism, sociology, cultural studies, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Context: Religion, Secularism and Secularization — Diversities in Jammu and Kashmir 2. Moving Beyond Secular-Religious Binaries: A Framework for understanding the interaction between Religion and Politics 3. Secularization, Religion and Identity: Resistance in Kashmir Valley 4. Secularization and Desecularization in Jammu: Interrogating the canonical approaches 5. The Dynamics of Kashmir Identity and its Contemporary Challenges 6. The Sacred and the Secular: Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir 7. Religion matters: Religion and Politics in Kashmir 8. Everyday Communalism and Shifting Food Practices in Jammu and Kashmir 9. Language, Religion and Identity Politics in Kashmir 10. ‘For the Conversion of Kashmir’: The massacre at St. Joseph’s mission hospital in Baramulla 11. Dispersed Resistance: When Art is the Weapon

About the Editors

Mohita Bhatia is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for South Asia, Stanford University, California, USA. She was formerly Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. Her research interests include the ethnography of ethno-national conflicts, migration, refugees and border making. She has published in journals such as Asian Survey and Economic and Political Weekly. She is the author of Retelling conflict in Jammu and Kashmir: Marginal Hindu Communities and Politics in Jammu (forthcoming).

Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay is Professor of Comparative Politics and former Provost/Vice-President Academic at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include identity-based politics, secessionist movements (Kashmir) in South Asia, and the politics of subaltern resistance and accommodation in post-colonial societies. Her recent publications include Modi’s Foreign Policy (2017), as well as "Contested Governance, Competing Nationalisms, and Disenchanted Publics: Kashmir beyond Intractability?" (2017).


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies