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Religion continues to play a significant role in contemporary India. Boundaries of Religion is a collection of essays that brings together some of Rowena Robinson's seminal writings, spanning over the past two decades, on ethnic conflict and popular Christianity in India. With the author's interest turning to the study of non-Hindu communities, specifically Christians, and their field of interaction with Hindus, this book brings to fore the various manifestations of religion in ritual and practice specifically, and, on a broader scale, its relation to politics and the state. It focuses on making an attempt to understand how minorities are identified, defined, and categorized by legal and institutional processes.
Rowena Robinson is Visiting Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, India Institute of Guwahati, Assam, and Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.
Table of Contents
Foreword Acknowledgements Publisher's Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: CHRISTIANITY 1. The Cross: Contestation and Transformation of a Religious Symbol in Southern Goa 2. Cuncolim: Weaving a Tale of Resistance 3. Taboo or Veiled Consent? Goan Inquisitorial Edict of 1736 4. Interrogating Modernity, Gendering 'Tradition': Teatr Tales from Goa 5. Journeying through the Social Worlds of Conversion 6. Indian Christians: Trajectories of Development PART II: ETHNIC VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT 7. Virtual Warfare: The Internet as the New Site for Global Religious Conflict 8. Marginalization and Violence: Concerns for India and Its Muslims 9. Boundary Battles: Muslim Women and Community Identity in the Aftermath of Violence 10. Naata, Nyaya: Friendship and/or Justice on the Border 11. Betwixt Kin and Community: Muslim Women and the Family in the Wake of Ethnic Strife in Western India Index