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Science and Religion in India
Beyond Disenchantment

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ISBN 9781032073194
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic study of science and religion in the context of South Asia, giving voice to Indian scientists and shedding valuable light on their engagement with religion. Drawing on biographical, autobiographical, historical and ethnographic material, the volume focuses on scientists’ religious life and practices, and the variety of ways in which they express it. Renny Thomas challenges the idea that science and religion in India are naturally connected and argues that the discussion has to go beyond binary models of ‘conflict’ and ‘complementarity’. By complicating the understanding of science and religion in India, the book engages with new ways of looking at these categories.

Table of Contents


1 Science, Rationality, and Scientific Temper in Postcolonial India

2 Beyond Disenchantment: Scientists, Laboratories, and Religion

3 The Making of Scientist-Believers

4 Being Atheistic, Being Scientific: Scientists as Atheists

5 Caste, Religion, and the Laboratory Life



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Renny Thomas is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.