Synopses & Reviews
This multi-sited ethnography considers the impact of contested definitions on the experiences and representations of Sindhi Hindus. Ramey recognizes how the dominant definitions of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism challenge communities who defy such understandings and analyzes the ways Sindhi Hindus have established their unconventional practices and heritage in the context of their diaspora. By analyzing concrete examples of the creation of a heritage in the context of migration, this book considers the implications of representations of religions for Sindhi Hindus and other similar communities.
"Ramey's book on the Hindu Sindhis of Lucknow is a valuable work of scholarship--the only full-scale ethnology of Hindu Sindhis in India. Ramey gives us a rich sense of the people and traditions he depicts, while keeping his larger analytical questions in view."—Daniel Richard Gold, Professor of South Asian Religions, Cornell University
"The questions on religious assumptions that we all make are raised by this book, making it a 'must-read' for all, but moreso for every Sindhi Hindu." --East and West Series
About the Author
Steven W. Ramey is Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Differing Understandings * Placing Sindhis * Debating Institutions * Defining Movements * Presenting Sacred Figures * Celebrating Heritage * Personalizing Traditions * Conclusions: Understanding Differences