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Steven Shiffrin

Thanks for this and the link to another amazing bibliography. I am particularly interested in the Larsen reference, India's Agony Over Religion. I have wanted to read a general book on the subject for some time. If there are others in that vein worth reading that you know of off the top of your head, I would be grateful.

Patrick S. O'Donnell


Thank you for the kind and generous words.

I added a few more titles to the post this morning.

Larson’s book stands heads above the rest but see too the titles by Khilnani, Guha, and Sen I cited respectively after Gerry’s book in the Gandhi post. In addition, you might find these helpful (the Kakar volume below is a psychoanalytic study of Hindu-Muslim violence in Hyderabad in 1990):

Brown, Norman. Man in the Universe: Some Cultural Continuities in Indian Thought. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1970.

Doniger, Wendy. The Hindus: An Alternative History. New York: Penguin Press, 2009.

Embree, Ainslie T. Utopias in Conflict: Religion and Nationalism in Modern India. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990 ed.

Kakar, Sudhir. The Colors of Violence: Cultural Identities, Religion, and Conflict. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Larson, Gerald James, ed. Religion and Personal Law in Secular India. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.

Lopez, Donald S., Jr. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.

McKean, Lise. Divine Enterprise: Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Movement. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Menski, Werner. Hindu Law: Beyond Tradition and Modernity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Nussbaum, Martha C. The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder. The Scandal of the State: Women, Law and Citizenship in Postcolonial India. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Sharma, Arvind. Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Sharma, Arvind, ed. Hinduism and Secularism after Ayodhya. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Vanaik, Achin. The Painful Transition: Bourgeois Democracy in India. London: Verso, 1990.

I’m also sending you a copy of my glossary guide for Hinduism which has an appended bibliography that may have other titles you’ll find of interest.

Best wishes,

Steven Shiffrin

Very helpful and way beyond the call of duty.
Thanks so much

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