The making of Indian secularism : empire, law and Christianity, 1830-1960
- Chatterjee, Nandini, 1976-
- Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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- xiii, 337 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
- Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series.
LA1153 .C455 2011
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 306-328) and index.
- List of Illustrations Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Religion and Public Education: the Politics of Secularizing Knowledge Regulating Trust: Law and Policy of Religious Endowments in India Universality in Difference: the Emergence of Christian Personal Law in Colonial India Creating a Public Presence: the Missionary College of St. Stephen's, Delhi Education for 'uplift': Christian Agricultural Colleges in India Authority and Conflict in the Indian Church Rethinking Christianity in India: Shaping the Religion in which they Believed Representing Christians: community interests vs. Christian Citizenship Conclusion The 'crime' of Conversion and other Historical Curiosities Appendix: Christians per 10,000 of Population in India, 1881-1941 Bibliography.
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- Publisher's Summary
- This book tells two stories in one: the history of the formation of a secular state in India, and the story of Indian Christians, who played a tremendously important role in this process. Looking specifically at laws dealing with religious education, the management of religious institutions, family relations and property, it shows how Indian Christians provoked key historical debates about religion and law in British ruled India, producing much of the state practices as well as political attitudes that define Indian secularism today. Using legal records, political pamphlets, private, missionary and government archives, this book shows how Indian Christians shaped their own identity as a 'minority' community, while playing a disproportionately important role in shaping mainstream Indian culture. In doing so, it argues that the emergence of modernity has to be traced to its specific historical and local circumstances, in this case, India's encounter with imperial rule, and Indian Christians' particular experience of that encounter.
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- Nandini Chatterjee.
- Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series