Syncretic Shrines and Pilgrimages
Dynamics of Indian Nationalism
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This book looks at various syncretic traditions in India, such as Bhakti, Nath Yogi, Sufi, Imam Shahi, Ismailis, Khojas and others, and presents an elaborate picture of a redefined cultural space through them.
It also investigates different syncretisms - Hindu-Muslim, Hindu-Muslim-Christian and Aboriginal-Ethnic - to understand diverse aspects of hybridity within the Indian nation space. It discusses how Indian nationalism was composed of different opinions from its inception, reflecting its rich diversity and pluralistic traditions. The book traces the emergence of multiple contours of Indian nationalism through the historical trajectory of religious diversity, lingering effects of colonialism, and experimentation with secularism.
This volume caters to scholars and students interested in cultural studies, religion studies, pilgrimage studies, history, social anthropology, historical sociology, historical geography, religion and art history. It will also be of interest to political theorists and general readers.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Dynamics of Indian Nationalism. 2. Syncretism and India 3. Syncretic Shrines and Pilgrimages: Case Studies. Conclusion. Works Cited. Glossary. Index
Karan Singh is an Associate Professor of English at Govt. College for Women, Pali, Rewari Haryana-123102-India. He has been an Affiliated Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Netherlands and an Associate at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. He has completed two Major Research Projects of U.G.C. on Dalit Women and Folk Theatres with one Major Research Project of ICSSR on Pilgrimages. He has published 04 books— Iris Murdoch: Melodrama and Metaphysics (2008), Dalitism and Feminism: Locating Women in Dalit Literature (2011), Unknown Voices (2011) and Folk theatres of North India: Contestation, Amalgamation and Transference (Routledge 2020).