Religion in Indian History


Definition of religion is not merely related to the activity of worshipping of God. It focuses analytically on the issue of religion and its impacts on the Indian subcontinent. The editor’s introduction and the fifteen chapters range over an extensive period, from pre-history to the present day and take up specific problems of crucial significance in exploring the inter-relationship between religion and social change. For example, it explores the significance of religion vis-à-vis cast, nationality, contemporary or rather modern history, human psychology etc. Though unfortunate, the growth of nationalism in India happened side by side with the growth of communal sentiments among various religious communities. May be this is the reason why this effort is worth mentioning as it gives us a better and unbiased analysis of the whole series of incidents and enriches our theoretical understanding of religion and secularism at the same time.

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Irfan Habib

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