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    Studies of religious conversion and religious conversion movements have >

    rapidly become a central issue in scholarly debate, including discussions

    about the nature of religious and social change. What is conversion and

    how and why do conversion movements take place? How far was

    conversion the result of individual or corporate crises? What was the

    relationship between the converts’ earlier world of ideas and practice and

    his or her new-found faith? Did conversion involve a ‘burning of

    bridges’, or was it simply entrance into an additional socio-religious

    circle? How far did conversion encourage upward social mobility, or

    stimulate economic and political change?

    The papers compiled in this book, which are based on a reading of fresh and original

    source material, address these and other issues with specific reference to

    South Asia in the nineteenth century. They range from studies of

    conversion to Christianity among Muslims, Hindus of diverse

    backgrounds and Dalits, to an exploration of conversion and non-

    conversion experiences among Indians and Europeans who experimented

    with Theosophy, a movement which came into prominence in India

    during the third quarter of the nineteenth century.

    This volume will be of particular interest not only to those concerned ith socio-religious and cultural developments in South Asia, but is also relevant for scholars attempting to understand the religious conversion

    phenomenon in other parts of the world.
    ISBN: 0700704728
    Publisher: CURZON