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:
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.
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