ABSTRACT

The religious landscape of South Asia is complex and fascinating. While existing literature tends to focus on the majority religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, much less attention is given to Jainism, Sikhism, Islam or Christianity.  While not nelecting the majority traditions, this valuable resource also explores the important role which the minority traditions play in the religious life of the subcontinent, covering popular as well as elite expressions of religious faith. By examining the realities of religious life, and the ways in which the traditions are practised on the ground, this book provides an illuminating introduction to religion in South Asia.

chapter 1|18 pages

Tribal religions in India: Practicing tradition today

ByJOSEPH MARIANUS KUJUR

chapter 2|33 pages

Hinduism: Practicing tradition today

ByVASUDHA NARAYANAN

chapter 3|27 pages

Jain traditions: Practicing tradition today

ByM. WHITNEY KELTING

chapter 4|41 pages

Buddhism in South Asia: Practicing tradition today

BySUNIL GOONASEKERA

chapter 5|17 pages

South Asian Judaisms: Practicing tradition today

ByNATHAN KATZ

chapter 6|32 pages

South Asian Christianity: Practicing tradition today

ByM. THOMAS THANGARAJ

chapter 7|30 pages

Islam in South Asia: Practicing tradition today

ByKAREN G. RUFFLE

chapter 8|27 pages

Sikhism: Practicing tradition today

ByPASHAURA SINGH