Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism

Edited by Harold Coward

Subjects: India And South Asian Studies
Paperback : 9780887065729, 340 pages, October 1987
Hardcover : 9780887065712, 340 pages, November 1987

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Table of contents



Part I: Responses from Within Hinduism

1. Gandhi and Religious Pluralism
J. F. T. Jordens

2. The Response of the Brahmo Samaj
J. N. Pankratz

3. The Response of the Arya Samaj
H. G. Coward

4. The Response of the Ramakrishna Mission
R. W. Neufeldt

5. The Response of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
R. N. Minor

6. The Response of Swami Bhaktivedanta
R. D. Baird

7. The Response of Modern Vaisnavism
K. K. Klostermaier

8. Saiva Siddhanta and Religious Pluralism
K. Sivaraman

9. India's Philosophical Response to Religious Pluralism
J. G. Arapura

Part II: Responses from Other Religions Within India

10. Parsi Attitudes to Religious Pluralism
J. Hinnells

11. Modern Indian Muslim Responses
R. E. Miller

12. The Sikh Response
R. W. Neufeldt

13. A Modern Indian Christian Response
J. Lipner

14. The Response of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Community in the Indian Exile
E. K. Dargyay




The study of modern Indian responses to the challenge of pluralism reveals the outcome of 2500 years of experience in this "living laboratory" of religious encounter, and offers wisdom to the modern West in its relatively recent encounter with this challenge. A remarkable team of scholars joins forces in this book to examine how religious pluralism actually functions in India. It focuses on both the responses from within Hinduism and of other religions in India, with chapters on Parsis, Indian Islam, Indian Christianity, Sikhism, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Harold G. Coward is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Religious Studies and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Calgary. In addition to Jung and Eastern Thought (1985), also published by SUNY Press, Coward's books include Bhartrhari (1976), Sphota Theory of Language (1980), Studies in Indian Thought (1983), and Pluralism: Challenge to World Religions (1985).