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The Making of Indian Secularism

Chatterjee, Nandini:
The making of Indian secularism : empire, law and Christianity, 1830-1960 / Nandini Chatterjee. - Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. - xiv, 337 S. : Ill., Kt. - (Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series)
ISBN 9780230220058
£ 65,00
DDC: 322.10954

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. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Illustrations. ix
List of Abbreviations. x
Preface and Acknowledgements. xi
Introduction. 1
   1. Religion and Public Education: the Politics of Secularizing Knowledge. 23
   2. Regulating Trust: Law and Policy of Religious Endowments in India. 51
   3. Universality in Difference: the Emergence of Christian Personal Law in Colonial India. 75
   4. Creating a Public Presence: the Missionary College of St. Stephen's, Delhi. 109
   5. Education for 'uplift': Christian Agricultural Colleges in India. 134
   6. Race, Authority and Conflict in the Indian Church. 167
   7. Rethinking Christianity: Formulating Their Faith. 191
   8. Representing Christians: community interests vs. Christian Citizenship. 216
Conclusion The 'crime' of Conversion and other Historical Curiosities. 240
Appendix. 248
Notes. 249
Bibliography. 306
Glossary. 329
Index. 333


NANDINI CHATTERJEE has studied at universities in India, the Netherlands and the UK, completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. She was Lecturer in South Asian History at Cambridge 2004-05, and held the British Academy Postdoctoral fellowship at King's College London, 2008-09. She is currently Lecturer in History at the University of Plymouth, UK. Profile page.

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