Winged Faith

Winged Faith

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qTulasi Srinivas shows a superb ability to juxtapose contemporary theoretical concerns among scholars of globalization and transnational theory with ethnographic work done on a growing Indian tradition. Adept at negotiating the intricacies of many academic dialogues. Srinivas shows she is a polyglot intellectual.q---Deepak Sarma, Case Western University The Sathya Sai global civil religious movement incorporates Hindu and Muslim practices, Buddhist, Christian, and Zoroastrian influences, and qNew Ageq-style rituals and beliefs. Shri Sathya Sai Baba, its charismatic and controversial leader, attracts several million adherents from various national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. In a dynamic account of the Sathya Sai movement's explosive growth. Winged Faith argues for a rethinking of globalization and the politics of identity in a religiously plural world. This study considers a new kind of cosmopolitanism located in an alternate understanding of difference and contestation. It considers how acts of qsacred spectatingq and illusion, qmoral stake-holdingq and the problems of community are debated and experienced. A thrilling study of a transcultural and transurban phenomenon that questions narratives of self and being circuits of sacred mobility, and the politics of affect. Winged Faith suggests new methods for discussing religion in a globalizing world and introduces an easily critiqued yet not fully understood community. qThis is a wonderful book that can be read on two levels. One: as the fascinating story of how a religious movement spread from India throghout the world, with many vignettes that will stay in one's mind. And two: as a very instructive demonstration that cultural globalization is not a oneway process dominated by the West, but an interaction between cultures, with some processes going from East to West.q---Peter L. Berger. Boston UniversityMain Street exhibits connections both with the larger subcontinent and with the world: signs for taxi rental shops ... mealsa€; shops for e-mail, the free Internet phone service Skype, cell phone repair services and international phone service; andanbsp;...

Title:Winged Faith
Author:Tulasi Srinivas
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2010


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