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1 Raymond Brady Williams
An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 2001; 0521652790 / 9780521652797; First Edition; Cloth; New; New; 
An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism 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 Sahajanand Swami or 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. Raymond Brady Williams provides a detailed introduction to the history, theology, discipline, and ritual of this important form of Hinduism. Based on and extending, with considerable updating and revision, his A New Face of Hinduism: The Swaminarayan Religion (Cambridge, 1984), the book places Swaminarayan in the context of transnational Hinduism and analyses its current status in India and abroad. Reviews ‘A much-needed descriptive account.’ Times Literary Supplement ‘This work is most valuable as a reference source on the Swaminarayan movement.’ The Journal of Asian Studies ‘A book every Hindu would do well to read.’ East and West Series Printed Pages: 266 pages with 18 half-tones, 6 tables and 3 figures. 031382

Price: 25.00 USD
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2 Raymond Brady Williams
Christian Pluralism in the United States: The Indian Immigrant Experience
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 1996; 0521570166 / 9780521570169; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Recent immigrant Christians from India are changing the face of American Christianity. They are establishing churches with Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic rites. This book is the first comprehensive study of these Christians, their churches, and their adaptation. Professor Williams describes migration patterns since 1965, and how the role of Indian Christian nurses in creating immigration opportunities for their families affects gender relations, transition of generations, interpretations of migration, Indian Christian family values, and types of leadership. Contemporary mobility and rapid communication create new transnational religious groups, and Williams reveals some of the reverse effects on churches and institutions in India. He notes some successes and failures of mediating institutions in the United States in responding to new forms of Christianity brought by immigrants. Contents Introduction; 1. Road to America; 2. Christian stories about India; 3. Becoming what you are: St Thomas Christians from Kerala; 4. Becoming what you are: Catholics and Protestants from India; 5. Wilderness, exile or promised land: experience and interpretations of migration; 6. Going home: bridges to India; 7. Adding rooms to the house; Conclusion: immigration and the many faces of Christ; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Printed Pages: 315 with 2 maps. 009099

Price: 17.15 USD
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3 Raymond Brady Williams
Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan: New Threads in the American Tapestry
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 1988; 0521359619 / 9780521359610; First Edition; Paperback; Fine; 
Landmark changes in the immigration law of 1965 admitted to the United States large numbers of immigrants from India and Pakistan. The religious groups formed by these new immigrants have exerted and will continue to exert significant influence upon the fabric of American religion and culture. This book is the first comprehensive study of the religious groups formed in the United States by Asian-Indian and Pakistani immigrants and of their patterns of adaptation and organization. Professor Williams provides an overview of the variety of religions practiced by these new immigrants, examining Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian, and Jewish communities, and the size and character of the various groups formed. Through analysis of demographic statistics as well as information gathered in extensive interviews with religious group participants, Professor Williams examines the trajectories of adaptation charted by these groups through the involvement in a wide range of ecumenical, ethnic, sectarian, and national organizations. Detailed descriptions of Swaminarayan Hindus and Nizari Ismili Muslims, two diverse religious communities, illustrate the national growth of immigrant religious groups and the formative power of their adaptive strategies, while religious profiles of Asian-Indian and Pakistani religious groups in Chicago and Houston illustrate varying patterns of development of these groups, Professor Williams assesses the current problems and prospects of Asian-Indian and Pakistani religious organizations and the influence of these groups on the shape of religion in America. Contents Preface; Introduction; Part I. The People and Their Religions: 1. A new pattern: made in the USA; 2. The religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; 3. The religions: Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism; Part II. Studies of Adaptive Strategies: 4. Their American cousins: adaptation of cultural groups; 5. Swaminarayan Hinduism: an ethnic religion; 6. Nizari Ismaili Muslims: a religious minority; Part III. Profiles of Religious Organizations in Metropolitan Areas: 7. Asian-Indian and Pakistani religions in Chicago; 8. Asian-Indian and Pakistani religions in Houston; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; List of abbreviations; References; Index. Printed Pages: 336 with 1 line diagram, 7 half-tones, 7 tables and 2 maps. 006829

Price: 15.00 USD
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