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Religion and Culture in Indian Civilization

Essays in Honour of Prof. C.N. Venugopal by: Amit Kumar Sharma

The volume speaks about the civilisational dimensions of religion and culture in India, unity and diversity of Indian civilisation, idea of civilisation, ecological crisis in the modern world, relationship between tribal and non-tribal religions, religious philanthropy, Christian influence on Hindu way of life in India, and concept of composite culture of India.



ISBN: 9788124605639
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : x, 318
Bibliographic Details : Index]
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 600


The volume deals with the civilizational dimensions of religion and culture in India. It underlines the point that religion and culture are important elements of all civilizations but it is their interplay that has given a unique feature to Indian civilization.
The essays interrogate the various western sociological discourses on civilization and articulate the alternative conceptualizations available in Indian sociology. They underline the unity and diversity of Indian civilization, present the idea of civilization as conjoined with the idea of civil society and study the ecological crisis in the modern world. They focus on the dialogical relationship between tribal and non-tribal religions, link between religion and environment, religious philanthropy and Christian influence on Hindu way of life in India. They also delve into the concept of composite culture in India, scrutinising aspects of folk religion and cultures to show, for instance, how art forms get accumulated into the idea of culture.
The volume will be of immense interest to a variety of scholars and students associated with the study of Indian religion and culture.


Introduction: Religion and Culture in India
— Amit Kumar Sharma
Part I: Conceptual Essays
1. Unity and Diversity in Indian Civilization
— Amit Kumar Sharma
2. The Study of World Religion
— Wagish Shukla
3. Culture, Institution and Contemporary Ecological Crisis
— Satish Jain
4. Power, Culture and Civil Society
— Anand Kumar
Part II: Religion in India
5. Dialogical Relationship Between Tribal and Non-tribal Religions in Indian Societies
— C.N. Venugopal
6. Christian Influences on the Hindu View and Way of Life
— Rabindra Ray
7. Religion and Environment: Some Insights from the Case of Bishnois
— Vinay Kumar Srivastava
8. Religious Philanthropy in India
— Amit Kumar Sharma
9. Travellers and Pilgrims
— Susan Visvanathan
10. Khasi Religious Beliefs and Practices
— Tiplut Nongbri
Part III: Culture in India
11. Composite Culture in India
— C.N. Venugopal
12. Culture in Bengal: A Small Town Diary
— Avijit Pathak
13. Saying God into Presence: Narrative Embodiment in Folk Religion
— Roma Chatterji
14. Sacred Knowledge: Articulation in Dance
— Nita Mathur
The Contributors

Meet the Author
Throughout a busy professional career that got underway in 1991, Dr Amit Kumar Sharma has functioned as sociologist, Indologist, writer, columnist and, increasingly, as philosopher of indic civilization. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in well over 200 articles in English and Hindi. He has also written 6 books dealing with Sociology, Indian Society, Culture and Gandhian ideology. He is a multilingual person who frequently writes both in Hindi and English languages. As an academician his main areas of concern are Cinema and Culture in India, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Civilizations, Sociological Theories and Indology. He has obtained his M.Phil and PhD degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did his masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been teaching Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi since 1999. In addition to his professorial and professional activities, Amit Kumar Sharma has been active in public sphere about politics in India, Gandhian philosophy, Hindi cinema and emerging global order. Presently, he is the brand ambassador of brandbihar.com, a website that promotes the culture of Indian ethos in 189 countries.
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