A history of state and religion in India

Copland, Ian, Mabbett, Ian, Roy, Asim, Brittlebank, Kate and Bowles, Adam A history of state and religion in India. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2012. doi:10.4324/9780203126943

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Author Copland, Ian
Mabbett, Ian
Roy, Asim
Brittlebank, Kate
Bowles, Adam
Title A history of state and religion in India
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2012
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.4324/9780203126943
Open Access Status
Series Routledge Studies in South Asian History
ISBN 9780415580663
Language eng
Total number of pages 342
Collection year 2013
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Offering the first long-duration analysis of the relationship between the state and religion in South Asia, this book looks at the nature and origins of Indian secularism. It interrogates the proposition that communalism in India is wholly a product of colonial policy and modernisation, questions whether the Indian state has generally been a benign, or disruptive, influence on public religious life, and evaluates the claim that the region has spawned a culture of practical toleration.

The book is structured around six key arenas of interaction between state and religion: cow worship and sacrifice, control of temples and shrines, religious festivals and processions, proselytising and conversion, communal riots, and religious teaching/doctrine and family law. It offers a challenging argument about the role of the state in religious life in a historical continuum, and identifies points of similarity and contrast between periods and regimes. The book makes a significant contribution to the literature on South Asian History and Religion. [Book summary from publisher]
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paperback edition published in 2014.

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