Digital Hinduism

Dharma and Disclosure in the Age of New Media

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Murali Balaji
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , November
     2017.
     208 pages.
     $90.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781498559171.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Sarah Griswold forthcoming.

Description

This edited volume seeks to build a scholarly discourse about how Hinduism is being defined, reformed, and rearticulated in the digital era and how these changes are impacting the way Hindus view their own religious identities. It seeks to interrogate how digital Hinduism has been shaped in response to the dominant framing of the religion, which has often relied on postcolonial narratives devoid of context and an overemphasis on the geopolitics of the Indian subcontinent post-partition. From this perspective, this volume challenges previous frameworks of how Hinduism has been studied, particularly in the West, where Marxist and Orientalist approaches are often ill-fitting paradigms to understanding Hinduism. This volume engages with and critiques some of these approaches while also enriching existing models of research within media studies, ethnography, cultural studies, and religion.

 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Murali Balaji is Director of Education and Curriculum Reform for the Hindu American Foundation (HAF).

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