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Preface PART 1: RESEARCHING PUBLIC HINDUISMS - John Zavos Public Hinduisms: An Introduction - John Zavos Will the Real Mango Please Stand Up? Reflections on Defending Dharma and Historicising Hinduism - Shana Sippy Engaging the 'Practitioner': Boundary Politics in the Academic Study of Hinduism - Maya Warrier Snapshot: Scholars and Practitioners, A Personal Reflection - Raymond Brady Williams PART 2: ECUMENICAL CONSTRUCTIONS - Raymond Brady Williams Ecumenical Constructions: An Introduction - Raymond Brady Williams Hindu Organisation and the Negotiation of Public Space in Contemporary Britain - John Zavos What Is American about American Hinduism? Hindu Umbrella Organisations in the United States in Comparative Perspective - Prema Kurien Snapshot: Devotional Fandom: The Madhuri Dixit Temple of Pappu Sardar - Shalini Kakar Fusing the Ideals of the Math with the Ideology of the Sangh? Vivekananda Kendra, Ecumenical Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism - Pralay Kanungo Sathya Sai Baba: At Home Abroad in Midwestern America - Chad Baumann Snapshot: 'Practising Hindus', Hindutva and Multiculturalism - Balmurli Natrajan PART 3: TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS - Maya Warrier Traditions and Transformations: An Introduction - Maya Warrier Representations of Swaminarayan Hinduism - Raymond Brady Williams Praying for Peace and Amity: The Shri Shirdi Sai Heritage Foundation Trust - Karline McLain Who Are the M?dhvas? A Controversy Over the Public Representation of the M?dhva Samprad?ya - Kiyokazu Okita Snapshot: The California Textbook Controversy - Deepa S. Reddy The Power of Boundaries: Transnational Links among Krishna Pranamis of India and Nepal - Gerard Toffin Snapshot: Rethinking Social Movements/Rethinking Hindu Nationalism - Amrita Basu PART 4: COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION - Pralay Kanungo Community Mobilisation: An Introduction - Pralay Kanungo Hindutva's Hinduism - Tanika Sarkar From Jauhar to Jijabai: Samiti and Sena Women in Mumbai, and the Reconfiguring of 'History' - Namrata Ganneri and Atreyee Sen Snapshot: Work-in-Progress: The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on the Web - Hanna Kim Hindu Trans-nationalisms: Organizations, Ideologies, Networks - Deepa S Reddy American Hindu Activism and the Politics of Anxiety - Arun Chaudhuri 'Does This Offend You?' Hindu Visuality in the United States - Ritu Khanduri PART FIVE: MEDIATING HINDUISMS - Deepa S. Reddy Mediating Hinduisms: An Introduction - Deepa S. Reddy Modern Guru and Old Sampradaya: How a Nath Yogi Anniversary Festival Became a Performance on Hinduism - Veronique Bouillier Snapshot: The Sangh Parivar and Bhutanese Refugees: Constructing a Hindu Diaspora in the United States - Sanjeev Kumar Media Savvy or Media Averse? The Ramakrishna Math and Mission's Use of the Media in Representing Itself and a Religion Called 'Hinduism' - Gwilym Beckerlegge The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Organisation and its Publics - Hanna Kim The Perfect World of BAPS: Media and Urban Dramaturgies in a Globalised Context - Christiane Brosius Krishna Consciousness, Hinduism and Religious Education in Britain - Maya Warrier Index

About the Author

John Zavos is Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. His recent publications include Religious Traditions in Modern South Asia (2011), co-authored with Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, and several articles on Hinduism and Hindu organisations in the UK. He has worked extensively on the Hindu nationalist movement and is the author of The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India (2000). Between 2008 and 2010, he was the principal investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded network project: The Public Representation of a Religion Called Hinduism: Postcolonial Patterns in Britain, India and the US. Pralay Kanungo is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L'Homme, Paris. Kanungo is the author of RSS's Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-editor (with Daniela Berti and Nicolas Jaoul) of The Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva (2011). He has written several articles on Hindutva and is currently working on a manuscript on communal violence in Kandhamal. Deepa S Reddy is a cultural anthropologist with the University of Houston- Clear Lake and Director of India Outreach Programs of the University of Houston System. She has written on the contestations of identitarian politics in India, the globalisation of caste via the discourses of race and human rights, and on how sample collection and donor registration initiatives, such the International HapMap Project and the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program, facilitate reconceptualisations of bioethics, civic identities, and even the role of the market in medicine and genetics. Her book, Religious Identity and Political Destiny, was published in 2006. Her current research interests range from public expressions of Hindu-ness to (bio)ethics, medical tourism and drug development in India. Maya Warrier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. Her research interests centre on popular forms of contemporary Hinduism in a transnational context. She is currently working on a fieldwork-based project examining 'alternative spiritualities' in Britain's holistic health milieu, with a focus on the ancient Indian health tradition, Ayurveda, in its contemporary British manifestations. She is author of Hindu Selves in a Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (2005), and co-editor of Theology and Religious Studies: An Exploration of Disciplinary Boundaries (2008). Raymond Brady Williams is LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. His research on Swaminarayan Hinduism and religions of immigrants from India and Pakistan is recorded in several books, including A New Face of Hinduism (1984), Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan (1988), A Sacred Thread, ed. (1992, 1996), Christian Pluralism in the United States (1996), An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (2001), Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in the United States (2001, 2007) and Williams on South Asian Religions and Immigration (2004). He was the founding editor of Teaching Theology and Religion (1998-2002).


[The book] is such a welcome contribution to the field...The thirty-two pieces in this collection make for a long but surprisingly readable book... Public Hinduisms is a thoughtful, well-crafted, and important set of essays that demonstrates forcefully that Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are not the only public religions nor the only ones that are fighting for their place in the public sphere and for their particular universal truths. Reading this a good corrective and lights the way to a better, more nuanced, and inevitably contested approach to religions in general. -- Anthropology Review Database

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