South Asians in the Diaspora

Histories and Religious Traditions


This volume deals with a phenomenon of increasing global significance, the South Asian diaspora. In particular it deals with the role of religion. The diversity of religious life in South Asia is remarkable and much of this diversity is replicated in the diaspora communities around the world. The case studies in this book explore and analyse the social, religious and cultural reality of people in the diaspora belonging to Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism and originating from four of the South Asian nation states (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The book highlights the religious diversity that exists in the diaspora communities both across the traditions and within the particular religions.
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Biographical Note

Knut A. Jacobsen, Ph.D. (1994) in Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara is Professor in the History of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published a number of books on religions in South Asia (in English and Norwegian) including Prakrti in Samkhya-Yoga (1999).
Pratap Kumar, Ph.D. (1990) is Professor of Religion at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. He is Director of the School of Religion and Culture at the same university and published The Goddess Laksmi: The Divine Consort in South Indian Vaisnava Tradition (1997).


All those interested in the history of religions, Indic religions, and religions in South Asia, and issues of religious pluralism, ethnicity and diaspora studies.


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