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New Open Access publication by Arian Hopf

CrossAsia-eBooks is happy to announce yet another Open Access publication - Translating Islam, Translating Religion: Conceptions of Religion and Islam in the Aligarh Movement by Arian Hopf! Religion is commonly perceived as an unequivocally defined concept. However, a historic perspective raises questions about this understanding and reveals religion as a concept that developed only in a process of negotiation with other religions. In particular, the 19th century is of special interest in this regard, as the colonial encounter intensifies tremendously in South Asia.

The religions of South Asia are scrutinised, categorised and compared to Christianity by Europeans, which leads to the development of religion as abstractum. Missionary and orientalist critique as well as modern science pose to be an entirely new confrontation for the Muslims of South Asia. This book aims to analyse Muslim responses to this confrontation, which imply a translation of Islam as a religion as well as an adaption of the concept of religion itself. The Aligarh Movement is of particular interest in this regard, as it intensively engages in these debates, trying to integrate a re-interpretation of Islam in these discourses.

The book is available as an online-publication on our website as well as a hardcover copy.

New Publications by Department of Political Science

Professor Rahul Mukherji and Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani have published an article on “Policy paradigms and path dependence: the endogenous roots of institutional displacement and drift in India” in the first issue of the Springer Nature journal, Global Public Policy and Governance – GPPG (2021). You can read this article here


Pralay Kanungo and Sitaram Kumbhar have published an article on "Odisha’s Transformation under the Naveen Patnaik Regime," in the Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 56, No. 8, (Feb, 2021). You can read this article here.

Volume 37 of Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien published

At the end of 2020, volume 37 of the Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien (ed. by Prof. Hans Harder and Prof. Ute Hüsken) was published by Hempen Verlag. This volume also contains two contributions by members of the South Asia Institute (Prof. Ute Hüsken, Dr. Justyna Kurowska). Two further contributions (Heidi Pauwels, Stefano Pellò) emerged from the event “Speaking Across Borders” in honor of Prof. em Monika Boehm-Tettelbach (Jan 2018). The table of contents of the volume is available here.


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