An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 4, 2001 - Religion - 253 pages
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This book is a comprehensive study of a modern form of Hinduism that is growing in the place of its birth in the Indian state of Gujarat and among Indian immigrants in East Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. It is the most prominent form of transnational Hinduism because it creates networks that define and preserve ethnic and religious identity in the modern context of rapid mobility and communication. Founded by Swaminarayan (1781-1830), a religious reformer in a time of great social and political change in Gujarat, Swaminarayan Hinduism expounds a path of devotion to Swaminarayan as the final, perfect manifestation of God. Professor Williams provides a detailed introduction to the history, theology, discipline, and ritual of this important form of Hinduism.

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The beginnings of Swaminarayan Hinduism
Growth administration and schism
The structure of Swaminarayan theology
The sacred world
Dharma the disciplined life
The sacred thread transmission of tradition
Transnational growth of Swaminarayan Hinduism
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About the author (2001)

Raymond Brady Williams is LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities "emeritus "at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. His research on Swaminarayan Hinduism and religions of immigrants from India and Pakistan is recorded in several books, including "A New Face of Hinduism "(1984), "Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan "(1988), "A Sacred Thread, "ed. (1992, 1996), "Christian Pluralism in the United States "(1996), "An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism "(2001), "Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in the United States "(2001, 2007) and "Williams on South Asian Religions and Immigration "(2004). He was the founding editor of "Teaching Theology and Religion "(1998 2002).

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