“Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya” By Megan Adamson Sijapati and Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (eds.)

2016 08 Summer Reading Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya

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Published by Routledge in March 2016 as part of their Contemporary South Asia Series, “Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya” by Megan Adamson Sijapati and Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (eds.) looks at religion as a powerful cultural, social, and political force in the Himalaya. 

From the Routledge website:

This book presents detailed case studies of lived religion in the Himalaya in this context of rapid change to offer intra-regional perspectives on the ways in which lived religions are being re-configured or re-imagined. Based on original fieldwork, this book documents understudied forms of religion in the region and presents unique perspectives on the phenomenon and experience of religion, discussing why, when, and where practices, discourses, and the category of religion itself, are engaged by varying communities in the region. It yields fruitful insights into both the religious traditions and lived human experiences of Himalayan peoples in the modern era.

Megan Adamson Sijapati is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Chair of Globalization Studies at Gettysburg College, in Pennsylvania, USA.

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, is Assistant Professor of Hinduism in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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