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Title The guru in South Asia : new interdisciplinary perspectives / edited by Jacob Copeman and Aya Ikegame.

Publication Info. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2012.


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 258 pages).
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Series Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian studies series
Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian studies series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. The multifarious guru : an introduction / Jacob Copeman and Aya Ikegame -- 2. The governing guru : Hindu mathas in liberalising India / Aya Ikegame -- 3. The slave guru : masters, commanders, and disciples in early modern South Asia / William R. Pinch -- 4. The political guru : the guru as eminence grise / Christophe Jaffrelot -- 5. The gay guru : fallibility, unworldliness, and the scene of instruction / Lawrence Cohen -- 6. The female guru : guru, gender, and the path of personal experience / Karen Pechilis -- 7. The dreamed guru : the entangled lives of the amil and the anthropologist / Veena Das -- 8. The mimetic guru : tracing the real in Sikh-Dera Sacha Sauda relations / Jacob Copeman -- 9. The mediated guru : simplicity, instantaneity and change in middle-class religious seeking / Kathinka Fr²ystad -- 10. The cosmopolitan guru : spiritual tourism and ashrams in Rishikesh / Meena Khandelwal -- 11. The literary guru : the dual emphasis on bhakti and vidhi in western Indian guru-devotion / Jeremy G. Morse -- 12. Continuities as gurus change / Daniel Gold.
Summary This book provides a set of fresh and compelling interdisciplinary approaches to the enduring phenomenon of the guru in South Asia. Moving across different gurus and kinds of gurus, and between past and present, the chapters call attention to the extraordinary scope and richness of the social lives and roles of South Asian gurus. Prevailing scholarship has rightly considered the guru to be a source of religious and philosophical knowledge and mystical bodily practices. This book goes further and considers the social engagements and entanglements of these spiritual leaders, not just on their.
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Language English.
Subject Gurus -- South Asia.
Religion and sociology -- South Asia.
Religion and politics -- South Asia.
Religion -- Economic aspects -- South Asia.
RELIGION -- Counseling.
Gurus. (OCoLC)fst00949496
Religion and politics. (OCoLC)fst01093842
Religion and sociology. (OCoLC)fst01093858
South Asia. (OCoLC)fst01244520
Added Author Copeman, Jacob, editor.
Ikegame, Aya, editor.
Other Form: Print version: Guru in South Asia. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2012, ©2012 9780415510196 (DLC) 2011048939 (OCoLC)754735227
ISBN 9780203116258 (electronic book)
0203116259 (electronic book)
9781136298066 (electronic book)
1136298061 (electronic book)
Standard No. 10.4324/9780203116258 doi
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