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1 Religious Pluralism in South Asia and Europe

Jamal Malik and Helmut Reifeld

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-19-566975-4 / 9780195669756, First Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Until the early-1970s, there was a significant lack of interest in religion among scientists of all disciplines. Scholars, including those engaged in the study of religion, were convinced that religion would disappear from history as well as the public sphere to become a purely private matter. Against all predictions, however, religion has returned very much to the public domain. Alarmingly though, the relationship between different religions in a shared social space is characterized by antagonism rather than by creative co-existence, reducing the complex network of different religious attitudes to closed systems such as Huntington's clash of civilizations. This collection of twelve essays by some of the most eminent scholars in the field brings an extraordinary range of voices and experiences to the dialogue on religious pluralism. The discussion gains immensely from being presented in a comparative perspective. Mark Haberlein discusses the historical roots of plurality in Europe. T N Madan's paper focuses on the historical and organizational aspects of the Indic religions vis-a-vis Islam and Christianity. In a comparative study of Christianity and Islam in the global context, Christian W Troll argues that religions have an important role in achieving justice and harmony between nations, economic blocks, and cultural groupings. Claire de Galembert's paper deals with the discrepancy between the common and ideologically dominant representation which imagines that only political identity is relevant in the public domain, on the one hand, and actual practice (recall the 'headscarf controversy') of the French laicity on the other. Ashis Nandy discusses the issue of ethnic and religious violence through the complex experiences, interpretations, and insights of sensitive scholars and writers in the context of South Asia. This rich and challenging collection also includes other voices, all of which will interest scholars of sociology, religion, and culture, as well as the general reader interested in the public debates on the possibility of harmonious co-existence between peoples of diverse religious faiths. Printed Pages: 329. 009386

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2 Socio-Historical Factors in the Formation of Creoles (International Journal of the Sociology of Language: 7)

Joshua A. Fishman (ed.)

Mouton & Co., The Hague, The Netherlands, 1976, 90-279-7851-4 / 9789027978516, First Edition, Paperback, Fine, Fair, 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms 
Printed Pages: 97. 006344

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The Meanings of Death, John Bowker
3 The Meanings of Death

John Bowker

Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, India, 1993, 0-521-44773-9 / 9780521447737, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
In The Meanings of Death, John Bowker offers a major contribution to debates about the value of death and its place in both Western and Eastern religions. Examining the themes of friendship and sacrifice in the world’s major religions, Bowker argues that there are points of vital contact with secular understandings of death, and that religious and secular attitudes can support and reinforce one another. An affirmative recovery of the value of death is important in our response to bereavement, and in the treatment of the terminally ill. By indicating how value can be maintained at the limit of life, without a search for illusory compensation in an afterlife beyond it, Bowker enriches our experience and understanding of the ‘final question?in a way which is always sensitive and often moving. Printed Pages: 257. 009102

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4 The Social Dimension of Dialectology (International Journal of the Sociology of Language: 9)

Joshua A. Fishman (ed.)

Mouton & Co., The Hague, The Netherlands, 1976, 90-279-7851-4 / 9789027978516, First Edition, Paperback, Fine, Fair, 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms 
Printed Pages: 134. 006345

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Traditions in Motion: Religion and Society in History, Satish Saberwal and Supriya Varma (eds.)
5 Traditions in Motion: Religion and Society in History

Satish Saberwal and Supriya Varma (eds.)

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-19-566915-0 / 9780195669152, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
This collection of original essays engages with the historical dynamics of traditions and their ways of surviving and adapting. Part of a critical and conscious task of representing and analysing tradition, these essays unravel the theoretical dimensions of the term. In doing so they also examine musical, literary, architectural, political, and historical traditions that have been crucial to South Asia. In a comprehensive introduction, the editors draw out the implications that representation and analysis of traditions have for the humanities. They demonstrate that traditions are continuously renewing themselves and can be carriers of political and cultural meaning while deriving sustenance from available social practices. The editors also point to the function of institutions -- religious, social and political -- in maintaining, negotiating, and re-creating traditions. With this analysis, Saberwal and Varma prepare the framework for the essays -- covering a wide range of themes tha t ultimately have a bearing on contemporary reality. Beginning with the challenge of locating social reality in the architectural remains of a tradition, and demonstrating that all traditions have breaks and disjunctures, these essays traverse the spectrum to assess older textual traditions for voices of authority. Varying representations of the Ramayana -- including those recently televised -- as well as oral traditions in Islam reveal the workings of cultural practices over time. This collection also covers important aspects of the evolution of religious traditions within the context of syncretic practices as well as cultural boundaries, and gender and caste divisions. The later contributions demonstrate the continuities between religious tradition, caste mobility, and political legitimacy. This collection is significant for contributions from eminent scholars as also for the insider's view through voices across disciplines. This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of history and sociology as well as those interested in living institutions and cultural and political practices. Printed Pages: 353. 010327

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6 Understanding Islam: Origins. Beliefs. Practices. Holy Texts. Sacred Places

Matthew S. Gordon

Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd, London, UK, 2002, 1-903296-74-9 / 9781903296745, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 14 x 21 Cm 
Printed Pages: 112 with numerous colour illustrations. 012688

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