Translocal Lives and Religion

Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World

by Philippe Bornet, University of Lausanne (Volume Editor)

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​Encounters & Identities: Religion in Private and Public Spheres
South & East Asia Collection​
Theory, Method & Special Topics Collection


This volume examines the intellectual trajectories of remarkable individuals who interacted with religious discourses, doctrines or practices in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Inspired by S. Subrahmanyam and S. Gruzinski’s historiographical model of “connected histories”, this book introduces the approach of “connected religion” and invites the study of cross-cultural and “translocal” encounters by bringing together documents that represent diverse aspects of the story and reconstructing a narrative from diverse standpoints, with analytical potential. Testing this approach through specific cases of interactions between Asia and Europe, the volume explores the little-known stories of actors such as migrants or expatriates interacting with religious discourses, and of religious leaders producing and propagating beliefs and practices. The cases pose questions that can be applied to further contexts, such as: the significance of improved travels and communications for the diffusion of religious content across national, cultural and institutional boundaries; the impact of specific individuals, charismatic or not, well-established or subaltern in the reconfiguration of institutional forms of religion; and the role of the South Asian referent in legitimating the propagation of specific religious views.

Offering both an innovative methodological framework and original cases based on new research, the book will be of interest to scholars of religion in general as well as South Asian specialists.

This book is included in the Complete, Encounters & Identities, Theory, Method & Special Topics and the South & East Asia Collections. Subscribers can access the eBook from the Read Online tab. Selected chapters are included in other Collections as designated.


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  • isbn
    9781781795842 (eBook)
  • publisher
    Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2021
  • publisher place
    Sheffield (U.K.)
  • rights holder
    Equinox Publishing Ltd.
  • series title
    The Study of Religion in a Global Context
  • doi