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Religious Controversy in British India
Dialogues in South Asian Languages
Religious Controversy in British India
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Kenneth W. Jones - Editor
SUNY Series in Religious Studies
Price: $55.50 
Hardcover - 291 pages
Release Date: January 1992
ISBN10: 0-7914-0827-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0827-8

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Paperback - 291 pages
Release Date: January 1992
ISBN10: 0-7914-0828-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0828-5

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"The book is very interesting indeed. The fact that each chapter presents a capsule look at the development of a reformer provides a flavor frequently missing from such volumes. The stories of the reformers highlight the growth of conflict and controversy." -- Ronald Neufeldt, The University of Calgary

This book opens the doors to a social and cultural sphere beyond the limited world of the English-speaking elite and provides the basis for an understanding of religious controversy and internal reform. It explores the dynamics of religious interaction and conflict that points toward later developments of communalism and religious separatism still plaguing the subcontinent.

Religious Controversy in British India reveals a world expressed in South Asian dialects that has been closed to many scholars and students of the subcontinent. During the nineteenth-century polemical religious literature and those who wrote it mobilized groups and led them back to the "fundamentals." Sacred texts supporting movements were translated and made available in inexpensive editions. Even texts from the well-established oral tradition were put into print. This process was often initiated in response to Christian missionary activity, a response that ultimately expanded to include other religions. In this book, scholars examine the writings of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs responsible for significant changes within different communities and for a heightened sense of boundary-defining identity.

Kenneth W. Jones
is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Kansas State University. He is the author of Socio-Religious Reform Movements in British India and Arya Dharm: Hindu Consciousness in 19th-Century Punjab, as well as co-editor of Sources of Punjab History.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: External Polemics

Section One: Hindu-Christian Polemics

1. The Polemic Process in Nineteenth-century Maharashtra: Vishnubawa Brahmachari and Hindu Revival
Frank F. Conlon


2. Arumuga Navalar and the Hindu Renaissance Among the Tamils
D. Dennis Hudson


3. Swami Dayananda Saraswati's Critique of Christianity
Kenneth W. Jones


Section Two: Muslim-Christian Polemics

4. Muslim-Christian Confrontation: Dr. Wazir Khan in Nineteenth-century Agra
Avril A. Powell


5. Muslim-Christian Polemics and Religious Reform in Nineteenth-century Bengal: Munshi Meheru 'llah of Jessore
Rafiuddin Ahmed


Section Three: Hindu-Muslim Struggles over Language

6. Images of Virtue and Vice: The Hindi-Urdu Controversy in Two Nineteenth-century Hindi Plays
Christopher R. King


Part Two: Internal Polemics: Religious and Social Reform

7. Viresalingam and the Ideology of Social Change in Andhra
John Leonard and Karen Leonard


8. Sayyid Mumtaz 'Ali and Tahzib un-Niswan: Women's Rights in Islam and Women's Journalism in Urdu
Gail Minolta


9. Vernacular Publishing and Sikh Public Life in the Punjab, 1880-1910
N. G. Barrier


Part Three: In Summary

10. Imagining Community: Polemical Debates in Colonial India
Barbara Daly Metcalf


Notes

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