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- DescriptionWith globalization helping those who assert incompatible differences between their respective faiths, clashes of faith are increasingly common in different parts of the world. As a result, the study of religious conflict is also increasing. This book reverses that perspective by addressing a case of peaceful religious coexistence and social cohesion, namely in the South Indian village of Tranquebar (Tharangambadi) in Tamil Nadu. The birthplace of the Lutheran mission to India in 1706, this former Danish colonial settlement is w a famous heritage site. Although badly hit by the 2004 tsunami and today numerically dominated by members of a Hindu fishermen's caste, so far the town has managed to steer clear of the kind of religious conflicts too often found in a number of states in present-day India, including Tamil Nadu. This in-depth study, based on post-tsunami field studies in 2006 and 2007, examines the ways in which Hindus, Muslims and different Christian deminations interact in their day-to-day lives. Further, it demonstrates that the role played by religion - as far as social cohesion is concerned - is invariably tied up with several other factors (social stratification, ecomic development, educational institutions and such social communities as caste councils, etc.) and may serve as a basis for unity as well as division.
- Author BiographyOluf Schonbeck is a research fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Recently researching the Lutheran mission in South India, his research interests also include contemporary Sufism and devotional rituals. Peter B. Andersen, an associate professor in the same department, has long worked on the religious situation in India.
- Author(s)Oluf Schonbeck,Peter B. Andersen
- PublisherNIAS Press
- Date of Publication30/08/2012
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleNIAS Studies in Contemporary Asian History
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintNIAS Press
- Content Noteillustrated (many in colour)
- Weight476 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine9 mm
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