Empire, Religion, and Identity

Modern South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas


This collection brings together case studies that cover a wide spectrum: from Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina traditions through reformist ventures such as the Brahmos, to issues in modern Islam and Judaism.
The first part of the book explores idioms of self-fashioning in global platforms and religious congresses. The second part explicates the nature of movements of such ideas. Cumulatively, they offer fresh and invaluable insights into their histories in modern South Asia against the backdrop of, and in relation to, wider transcultural global flows.
Contributors: Soumen Mukherjee, Toshio Akai, Jeffery D. Long, Arpita Mitra, Philip Goldberg, Ankur Barua, Oyndrila Sarkar, Madhuparna Roychowdhury, Navras J. Aafreedi, and Faridah Zaman.

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Soumen Mukherjee, Dr.phil. (2010), University of Heidelberg, teaches History at Presidency University, Kolkata. His publications include the Karim and Rosemin Karim prize-winning book Ismailism and Islam in Modern South Asia: Community and Identity in the Age of Religious Internationals (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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1 Religion, Identity, and South Asia’s Global Entanglements since the fin de siècle: An Introduction
Soumen Mukherjee

Part 1 Idioms of Self-Fashioning and International Congresses

2 Buddhism in the Parliament of World’s Religions, 1893: The Japanese Buddhists and Anagarika Dharmapala
Toshio Akai

3 Emissary of Nonviolence: Virchand Gandhi and the Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893
Jeffery D. Long

4 The Burden of ‘History’: The Paris Congress of the History of Religions of 1900 and Its Legacy
Arpita Mitra

5 In Illustrious Footsteps: Yogananda and the 1920 Congress of Religious Liberals
Philip Goldberg

Part 2 Ideas, Movements, and Global Flows

6 The Brahmo Universalism of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar (1840–1905): Harmonising Reason and Revelation in the New Dispensation
Ankur Barua

7 Visualising Spaces of Knowledge in the Himalayas: 1830–1917
Oyndrila Sarkar

8 Buddhist Revival and Public Culture in India at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Madhuparna Roychowdhury

9 Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish Identities in Modern South Asia
Navras J. Aafreedi

10 The Khilafat Movement in Europe and the Reimagining of Authority in Islam
Faridah Zaman

Scholars of religious and intellectual history of modern South Asia and wider global processes.
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