The Making of Indian Secularism Hardback

Empire, Law and Christianity, 1830-1960

by N. Chatterjee;

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The Making of Indian Secularism

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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.

The Making of Indian Secularism by N. Chatterjee was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2011. The ISBN for The Making of Indian Secularism is 9780230220058.

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Details for The Making of Indian Secularism

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (January 2011)
Number of Pages352
Thickness21 mm
Height222 mm
Width143 mm
Product Code4024548
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