Author: Irfan Habib
Translator(s)/ Edito: Irfan Habib
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-89487-25-6
Religion has been, and is, an important element in Indian society and history. It is, however, rare for the subject to be discussed with the necessary degree of detachment.
This volume was, therefore, planned with the object of providing a collection of studies that would deal with the role of religion in Indian history on the basis of a rigorous application of academic criteria. The results may surprise those who are more familiar with chauvinistic or apologetic interpretations.
The editor’s introduction and the fifteen chapters range over an extensive period, from pre-history to the present day, and take up specific problems of crucial significance in exploring the inter-relationship between religion and social change.
This volume draws on new research and is meant for academics as well as general readers, who may find here much that is of relevance to their social and intellectual concerns.
In Search of the Roots of Religion or Dharma:
Linguistic and Social Routes
Religions in Complex societies:
The Myth of the ‘Dark Age’
Social Dimensions of the Cult of Rama
Eros and History: Sahjiya secrets and the
Tantric Culture of Love
NUPUR CHAUDHURI / RAJAT KANTA RAY
Religion and material Life in Ancient India:
D.D. Kosambi and Niharranjan Ray
The Islamic Background to Indian History:
An Interpretation of the Islamic Past
M. ATHAR ALI
Kabir: The Historical Setting
Akbar and the Theologians’ Declaration
(Mahzar) of 1579
The Road to Sulh-I Kul: Akbar’s Alienation from
The Philosophy of Mulla Sadra and its
Influence in India
SYED ALI NADEEM REZAVI
Women in the Sikh discourse:
Liberation or Ambivalence?
Constructing the Hindu Identity
DWIJENDRA NARAYAN JHA
From Religious and Social Reform to Economic
Nationalism: The Nineteenth-Century Reformers
Reason and Faith: A Defence of Foucault’s Critique
Of Post-Enlightenment Modernity
Textuality and mass Culture