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Author: Johannes Quack
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Title: Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India
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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
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Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India by Johannes Quack



Home Browse Books Book details, Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and. Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India. India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist movement, which affirms the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism, or free-thinking.

India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist movement. Johannes Quack has ventured into new territory in his close study of the Indian rationalist movement, particularly its manifestations in early twenty-first century Maharashtra. He has combined ethnographic analysis, social theory, and a deep knowledge of Indian history with reflections on secularism, religious belief, rationality, enchantment, and disenchantment. The result is a vivid depiction of India in the throes of modernity, in which class, gender, nationalism, and ideological and discursive strategies are contesting for the very future of India. Excellent book that explains the history of secular and scientific thought in India.

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Rationalism and Religion in India. On March 10, 2012, Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, inspected a crucifix in front of a suburban church in Mumbai. A monograph on the radical avowal of scientific reason, it fills a much-needed lacuna in the annals of modern India. The clubbing together of reason and science is, of course, a problem in itself, one that the narrative enables the reader to discern.

Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812608 Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI: 1. 093/acprof:oso/9780199812608. In academic no less than popular thought, India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Disenchanting India qualifies this representation through an analysis of the contemporary Indian rationalist organisations (those that affirm the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism or free-thinking).

Johannes Quack (22 November 2011). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-981260-8. William Sax; Johannes Quack; Jan Weinhold (14 December 2009). The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. Quack, Johannes (2012). Organised Atheism in India: An Overview". Journal of Contemporary Religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist organizations: groups who affirm the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism, or free-thinking. Johannes Quack studied Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the Universities of Bayreuth, Edinburgh, and Heidelberg. Users who liked this book, also liked. by Robert Geraci, 2014-08-03 - Goodreads this is an excellent book. in the beginning, i was a bit frustrated at some of the repetitive assertions about what the author was doing but these faded in subsequent chapters. the prose is lucid, the topics this is an excellent book. in the beginning, i was a bit frustrated at some of the repetitive assertions. about what the author was doing but these faded in subsequent chapters. the prose is lucid, the topics fascinating, and the argument clear. for anyone interested in modern india or contemporary secularism, i highly recommend this book.

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India is frequently represented as the quintessential land of religion. Johannes Quack challenges this representation through an examination of the contemporary Indian rationalist movement, which affirms the values and attitudes of atheism, humanism, or free-thinking. Quack shows the rationalists' emphasis on maintaining links to atheism and materialism in ancient India and outlines their strong ties to the intellectual currents of modern European history. At the heart of Disenchanting India lies an ethnographic study of the organization "Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti" (Organization for the Eradication of Superstition), based in the Indian State of Maharashtra. Quack gives a nuanced account of the rationalists' specific "mode of unbelief," describing their efforts to encourage a scientific temper and combat beliefs and practices they regard as "superstitious". Quack also shows the role played by rationalism in their day-to-day lives, as well as the organization's controversial position within Indian society. Disenchanting Indiaprovides crucial insights into the nature of rationalism in the intellectual life and cultural politics of India.
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Mamuro
Excellent book that explains the history of secular and scientific thought in India.
VizoRRR
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