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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions

Edited By

Knut A. Jacobsen

ISBN 9780367624200
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
470 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions presents critical research, overviews, and case studies on religion in historical South Asia, in the seven nation states of contemporary South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, and in the South Asian diaspora.

Chapters by an international set of experts analyse formative developments, roots, changes and transformations, religious practices and ideas, identities, relations, territorialisation, and globalisation in historical and contemporary South Asia. The Handbook is divided into two parts which first analyse historical South Asian religions and their developments and second contemporary South Asia religions that are influenced by both religious pluralism and their close connection to nation states and their ideological power. Contributors argue that religion has been used as a tool for creating nations as well as majorities within those nations in South Asia, despite their enormous diversity, in particular religious diversity. The Handbook explores these diversities and tensions, historical developments, and the present situation across religious traditions by utilising an array of approaches and from the point of view of various academic disciplines.

Drawing together a remarkable collection of leading and emerging scholars, this handbook is an invaluable research tool and will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of Asian religion, religion in context, and South Asian religions.

Table of Contents

Historical and Contemporary South Asian Religions

Knut A. Jacobsen

Part I Historical South Asian Religions: Formative developments

1 The Veda

Carlos A. Lopez

2 The rise of Classical Brahmanism

Johannes Bronkhorst

3 Identity in Early Indian Religion

Nathan McGovern

4 Dharma in Classical Hinduism

David Brick and Donald R. Davis, Jr.

5 Reason, Dharma, and the discovery of Faith: Insights from the Modes of Classical Hinduism

Sthaneshwar Timalsina

6 From Yajña to Pūjā?

Marko Geslani

7 Early Pilgrimage Traditions in South Asia

Knut A. Jacobsen

8 Sri Lanka's Place in the History of South Asian Buddhism

Justin Henry

9 The Place of Historical Nepal in the History of South Asian Religions

Axel Michaels

10 The Rise of Vaiṣṇava Devotion in North India: On the Origins of a Mughal Bhakti Sensibility

Patton E. Burchett

11 Nāth Saṃpradāya and the Formation of Haṭha Yoga Practices in India

Adrián Muñoz

12 Aurangzeb and Islam in India: 50 Years of Mughal Realpolitik

Tilmann Kulke

13 The Territorialisation of Sikh Pasts

Anne Murphy

Part II Contemporary South Asian Religions: Religious pluralism

14 Dalits and religion: Anti-caste Movements in India

Debi Chatterjee

15 The Betwixt and Between Religious Imaginary of Lāldās: Neither Here nor There

Mukesh Kumar

16 Conversion and Christian Relations with Non-Christians in South Asia

Chad M. Bauman

17 Science Sanskritised: How Modern Science Became a Handmaiden of Hindu Nationalism.

Meera Nanda

18 Religion and Society in Pakistan: From Pīr’s Domination to Individual Connected Piety

Michel Boivin

19 Religion and Society in Bangladesh: Unpacking the Multilayered Relationships

Ali Riaz

20 Religion and Society in Sri Lanka

Peter Schalk

21 Religion and Secularism in Contemporary Nepal

David N. Gellner and Chiara Letizia

22 The Transformation of Female Monastic Education in Contemporary Bhutan: If You Build Them, They Will Come

Dorji Gyeltshen and Manuel Lopez

23 Regressing for Progress: Maldives Embraces a Salafi Future

Azra Naseem

24 Festivals in South Asia: Celebrations of Local Communities

Ute Hüsken

25 Indian Religions in the U.S.

Prema Kurien

26 The Global Manifestation of the Hindu Guru Phenomenon

Amanda Lucia

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Knut A. Jacobsen is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway. His most recent book published by Routledge is Yoga in Modern Hinduism (2018) and the co-edited book Religion and Technology in India (2018), and he is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India (2016).