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The South Asian Christian diaspora is largely invisible in the literature about religion and migration. This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian Christians living in Europe and North America, presenting the main features of these diasporas, their community histories and their religious practices. The South Asian Christian diaspora is pluralistic both in terms of religious adherence, cultural tradition and geographical areas of origin. This book gives justice to such pluralism and presents a multiplicity of cultures and traditions typical of the South Asian Christian diaspora. Issues such as the institutionalization of the religious traditions in new countries, identity, the paradox of belonging both to a minority immigrant group and a majority religion, the social functions of rituals, attitudes to language, generational transfer, and marriage and family life, are all discussed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754662617
ISBN-10: 0754662616
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Selva J. Raj

Knut A. Jacobsen is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 60 academic articles, such as the books South Asian Religions on Display: Religious Processions in South Asia and in the Diaspora (London: Routledge 2008); Sikhismen: Historie, tradisjon og kultur (Kristiansand: Norwegian Academic Press, 2006); Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson (Leiden: Brill, 2005); South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions, co-edited with P. Pratap Kumar (Leiden: Brill, 2004); Hinduismen (Oslo: Pax, 2003); and Prakrti in Samkhya-Yoga: Material Principle, Religious Experience, Ethical Implications (New York: Peter Lang, 1999). He has a Ph. D. from the Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 1994. His professional interests include Hinduism, Yoga, Sikhism, Diaspora Studies, Religious Pluralism and Pilgrimage Studies. Selva J. Raj has edited two books, Dealing with Deities: The Ritual Vow in South Asia, co-edited with William P. Harman (Albany, NY: Suny Press, 2006); and Popular Christianity In India: Riting Between The Lines, co-edited with Corinne G. Dempsey (Albany, NY: Suny Press, 2002). Miracle As Modern Conundrum In South Asian Religious Traditions, co-edited with Corinne G. Dempsey, is forthcoming (Suny Press). He has published a number of articles. His Ph.D. is from The University of Chicago in the History of Religion from 1994. Professional interests include Hinduism, Buddhism, The Feminine in World Religions and Global Christianities. He has been given a number of academic honours and awards. Sadly Selva Raj died in March 2008.

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