This book looks at how religious studies is framed and taught in India. It addresses the contradiction between the country’s vibrant religious life and the dearth of comparative and social scientific religious studies programs across Indian universities.
• Studies the efforts by Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan and Mohan Malaviya in Varanasi, to introduce and institutionalize religious studies in India;
• Discusses the notions of religion and spirituality and situates the failure of the ‘secularization thesis’ in the context of modern India;
• Provides concrete suggestions on how to develop religious studies in relation to global citizenship and Indian cultural heritage with the hope of initiating a larger discussion.
A unique contribution to the study of religion in society and education, the book will be indispensable to students and researchers of theology, history, philosophy, sociology, secularization, globalization, religious studies, education studies, and South Asian studies.
Introduction Part I. Religion, Spirituality, and Religious Studies 1. On Our Understanding of Religion 2. Religious Studies Part II. India and the Study of Religion 3. The Birth of India and the Study of Religion 4. Social Science and the Study of Religion 5. Post-secular India Part III. A Way Forward for Religious Studies in India 6. Different Models for the Development of Religious Studies in India