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Political Hinduism The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres by Vinay (Dr, University of California, Los Angeles) Lal

Political Hinduism The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres

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Political Hinduism The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres by Vinay (Dr, University of California, Los Angeles) Lal

This volume opens up new and productive lines of inquiry, gesturing at forms of public religiosity that are not bound to the fanaticisms with which religions today are increasingly associated. It includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, politics, and religion such as Madhav M. Deshpande, Roby Rajan, J. Reghu, Julius J. Lipner, Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Ajay Skaria, Paula Richman, and Ronald Inden. They explore the relationship of Hinduism to literature and cinema, and revisit familiar figures to arrive at fresh and even radically new readings. The volume thus addresses issues of tremendous topical relevance: the transmission of Hinduism to the United States, Gandhiji's religious politics and secularism, analysis of 'Vande Mataram' and its immensely rich history, C. Rajagopalachari's multiple tellings of the Ramkatha, popular patriotism in Hindi cinema, and much more. With an insightful Introduction by Vinay Lal, this book will be invaluable to students and teachers of politics, sociology, history, and media and cultural studies, as well as general readers interested in learning more about the negotiations between religion and politics in India.


a collection of consistently solid essays that all those interested in political Hinduism should know and that represent a laudable effort to probe into some of nationalism's more elusive Indian expressions. * Brian K. Pennington, Journal of Hindu Studies *

About the Author

Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of history at UCLA since 1993, and Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program (India), 2007?9. His previous books include Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Pluto Press, 2002); The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (OUP, 2003); Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi: Essays on Indian History and Culture (Penguin, 2005); Introducing Hinduism (Icon Books, 2005); and The Other Indians: A Political and Cultural History of South Asians in America (HarperCollins, 2008). He has also co-edited (with Ashis Nandy) Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema (OUP, 2006).

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Publication date

17th September 2009


Vinay (Dr, University of California, Los Angeles) Lal

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