Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Inter-Faith Family in the United States

The rate of interfaith marriage in the United States has risen so radically since the sixties that it is difficult to recall how taboo the practice once was. How is this development understood and regarded by Americans generally, and what does it tell us about the nation’s religious life? Drawing on ethnographic and historical sources, Samira K. Me...

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Author(s) Samira K. Mehta

The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India

The Partition of India was a partitioning of minds as much as it was a geographical division. But there has been little discussion in mental health discourse on the psychological scars it caused. This book examines the partitioning of human experience and its impact on social life and psychological health. The chapters track, through various approa...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Sanjeev Jain, Alok Sarin (eds)

Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood

This in-depth ethnography looks at the everyday lives of Muslim students in a girls’ madrasa in India. Highlighting the ambiguities between the students’ espousal of madrasa norms and everyday practice, Borker illustrates how young Muslim girls tactically invoke the virtues of safety, modesty, and piety learnt in the madrasa to reconfigure normativ...

Published by: Oxford University Press

Author(s) Hem Borker

Kushti in Banaras: Wrestling as a Homage to the Gods

A sacred practice where the soul meets the divine, kushti is the spiritual synthesis of the body, discipline, and devotion. The symbolism of akharas transcends beyond being mere grounds for physical activity; the pahalwans worship them as temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Severine Dabadie and Christiane Etchezaharreta's journey through Banaras is...

Published by: Lustre/Roli Books

Author(s) Severine Dabadie and Christiane Etchezaharreta

Enter the Dangal: Travels through India's Wrestling Landscape

Wrestling, kushti, rules the farmlands, as it has for centuries. It had pride of place in the courts of Chalukya kings and Mughal emperors. It was embraced by Hinduism and its epics, and has led its own untroubled revolution against the caste system. The British loved it when they first came to India, then rejected it during the freedom struggle. N...

Published by: Harper Collins India/ Harper Sports

Author(s) Rudraneil Sengupta

Of Saffron Flags and Skull Caps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

We live in an age when most Muslims take pride in singing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, penned by Muhammad Iqbal. Many though have forgotten that the same poet-philosopher called Ram as Imam-e-Hind. The Hindutva forces, meanwhile, have forgotten the unifying Saare Jahan Se Achcha in their pursuit of divisive nationalism. Their exclusionary politics stems...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Ziya Us Salam

A History of Adivasi Women in Post-Independence Eastern India: The Margins of the Marginals

A History of Adivasi Women in Post-Independence Eastern India is a path-breaking book that explores the current status of adivasi women in the four states of eastern India with high percentages of adivasis—Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. Debasree De engages with the recent paradigm of ‘development and displacement’ and adivasi women’s...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Debasree De

The Indian Ocean in World History

The Indian Ocean remains the least studied of the world's geographic regions. Yet there have been major cultural exchanges across its waters and around its shores from the third millennium B.C.E. to the present day. Historian Edward A. Alpers explores the complex issues involved in cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Rim region over the course of...

Published by: OUP

Author(s) Edward A. Alpers

Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840

In this fascinating medical history, Rana A. Hogarth examines the creation and circulation of medical ideas about blackness in the Atlantic World during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She shows how white physicians deployed blackness as a medically significant marker of difference and used medical knowledge to improve plantatio...

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Author(s) Rana A. Hogarth

IIC Quarterly: South Asia's Sporting Mosaic

The articles in this volume touch on the problems that confront the sports scenario in the region as a whole, be it corruption, faulty policies, lack of adequate financing, among several other challenges. the most significant obstacle is lack of state support. While the volume does not claim to be a definitive account of sports in South Asia, its...

Published by: India International Centre, New Delhi

Author(s) Ronojoy Sen, Omita Goyal (Editors)