Christians and public life in colonial South India, 1863-1937 : contending with marginality / Chandra Mallampalli.

By: Mallampalli, Chandra, 1965- [author. ]Material type: TextTextPublication details: London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004Description: xiv, 305 p. ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780415646635 (pbk.); 0415323215 (hbk : alk. paper)Subject(s): Christians -- India, South | Caste -- India, South | India, South -- Ethnic relationsDDC classification: 305.6709548 MAL LOC classification: DS432.5.C55 | M35 2004Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
Introduction -- pt. 1. Legal constructions of religious identity. Rights of converts within British and Princely India, 1870-1895 -- Inheritance law and the 'native Christian' community, 1863-1917 -- Marital law and constructions of Hindu and Christian identity (1870-1920) -- pt. 2. Conceiving a political community. The spiritual vs. the political : global religion and Indian politics, 1917-1933 -- The protestant disavowal of Christian communalism, 1910-1933 -- The indigenization of Catholic action, 1921-1937 -- pt. 3. Caste and communal identity. Religion, caste and political rhetoric, 1925-1937 -- At the margins of marginality : Dalit Christians, 1917-1937 -- Conclusion.
Summary: "This book tells the story of how Catholic and Protestant Indians have attempted to find their place within the evolving Indian nation. Ironically, British rule in India did not privilege Christians, but pushed them to the margins of a predominantly Hindu society. Drawing upon wide-ranging sources, the book first explains how the Indian judiciary's "official knowledge" isolated Christians from Indian notions of family, caste and nation. It then describes how different varieties and classes of Christians adopted, resisted and reshaped both imperial and nationalist perceptions of their identity. Within a climate of rising communal tension in India, this study finds immediate relevance."--Jacket.
List(s) this item appears in: In the Margins – Multiple Perspectives of Human Settlements
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-295) and index.

Introduction -- pt. 1. Legal constructions of religious identity. Rights of converts within British and Princely India, 1870-1895 -- Inheritance law and the 'native Christian' community, 1863-1917 -- Marital law and constructions of Hindu and Christian identity (1870-1920) -- pt. 2. Conceiving a political community. The spiritual vs. the political : global religion and Indian politics, 1917-1933 -- The protestant disavowal of Christian communalism, 1910-1933 -- The indigenization of Catholic action, 1921-1937 -- pt. 3. Caste and communal identity. Religion, caste and political rhetoric, 1925-1937 -- At the margins of marginality : Dalit Christians, 1917-1937 -- Conclusion.


"This book tells the story of how Catholic and Protestant Indians have attempted to find their place within the evolving Indian nation. Ironically, British rule in India did not privilege Christians, but pushed them to the margins of a predominantly Hindu society. Drawing upon wide-ranging sources, the book first explains how the Indian judiciary's "official knowledge" isolated Christians from Indian notions of family, caste and nation. It then describes how different varieties and classes of Christians adopted, resisted and reshaped both imperial and nationalist perceptions of their identity. Within a climate of rising communal tension in India, this study finds immediate relevance."--Jacket.

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