Contents: Introduction/T.N. Madan. I. Sacred knowledge: 1. The Qur'an/Fazlur Rahman. 2. A folk deity of Tamil Nad: Aiyanar, the lord/Louis Dumont. 3. The evil eye/David F. Pocock. 4. Hindu values of life: Karma and Dharma/K.S. Mathur. 5. Purity and pollution/Pauline Kolenda. II. Sacred space: 6. The Toda dairy/Anthony R. Walker. 7. The meaning of space in the temple of the tooth in Kandy/Heralivala L. Seneviratne. 8. Sinking flowers at Hardwar/Ann Grodzins Gold. 9. Kashi: city of all India/Diana L. Eck. 10. Concepts of space in ritual/Veena Das. III. Sacred time: 11. Cyclical time: Durgapuja in Bengal: concepts, actions, objects/Akos Ostor. 12. Time renewed: Ratha jatra in Puri/Frederique Apfell Marglin. 13. Murtipuja in Svetambar Jain temples/John E. Cort. 14. Mangala among the Coorgs/M.N. Srinivas. 15. The pilgrimage to Ajmer/P.M. Currie. 16. Moharram/A.R. Saiyid. IV. Sacred persona: 17. Saroa Shamans and Shamanins/Verrier Elwin. 18. Sathya Sai Baba's miracles/Lawrence A. Babb. 19. Hindu temple priests/C.J. Fuller. 20. Gaya priests and their social networks/L.P. Vidyarthi. 21. Five symbols of Sikh identity/J.P.S. Uberoi. V. Reorientations to the sacred: 22. Elements of communalism/Satish Saberwal. 23. The radical and protesting asectic/R.S. Khare. 24. Christian fundamentalism as counter-culture/Lionel Caplan. 25. The logic of religious violence/Mark Juergensmeyer. 26. Secularism in its place/T.N. Madan. Appendix. References. Index.
"Religion in India captures the great diversity of religious phenomena in India. The readings have been organized into five sections: sacred knowledge, sacred space, sacred time, sacred persona and reorientations to the sacred. They offer the best of recent work as well as some celebrated classical writings.
"The volume editor has a long introduction followed by short section introductions explaining the rationale behind his selections in each section. He also intervenes to explain the text when he feels it to be necessary in the form of editorial notes. Each section ends with an annotated bibliography of additional readings and there is an exhaustive bibliography at the end of the book."
[T.N. Madan is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi. His books include Non-Renunciation : Themes and Interpretations of Hindu Culture and Family and Kinship : A Study of the Pandits of Rural Kashmir.]