Temples of Modernity

Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science

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Robert M. Geraci
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , October
     242 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Syed Mustafa Ali forthcoming.


Temples of Modernity uses ethnographic data to investigate the presence of religious ideas and practices in Indian science and engineering. Geraci shows 1) how the integration of religion, science and technology undergirds pre- and post-independence Indian nationalism, 2) that traditional icons and rituals remain relevant in elite scientific communities, and 3) that transhumanist ideas now percolate within Indian visions of science and technology. This work identifies the intersection of religion, science, and technology as a worldwide phenomenon and suggests that the study of such interactions should be enriched through attention to the real experiences of people across the globe.

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

Robert M. Geraci is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College.


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