Presentation on theme: "Twisting the wrist: Using different ways of looking to analyse South Asian religious practices A workshop session with Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and John."— Presentation transcript:
Twisting the wrist: Using different ways of looking to analyse South Asian religious practices A workshop session with Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and John Zavos
Kaleidoscopic ways of looking ‘a constantly changing pattern of …reflections as the observer looks into the tube and rotates it’ (SOED 1993: 1470) Twisting the kaleidoscope = a multi-perspectival approach towards South Asian religions
Panth, kismet, dharm te qaum Ballard (1996) Punjabi terms used to conceptualise dynamics of religious practice eg shrine of Baba Hasan Das – Participation on basis of kismetic and panthic resonance, even if dharmic practices and qaumic identification is divergent
Analysing social space The location of ritual and other practices in social space – Analysing understandings of public and private space (eg purdah) – Association and dissociation in shared space Negotiation and re- negotiation of social space (dynamic not fixed)
Teacher pupil traditions A model of transmission Emphasis on: – Shared discourse – Historical context – Linkages and ruptures across ‘religions’ Modern gurus and others transcending religion?
Gender, politics, religion Consistent deployment = nuanced, developing analysis – Exploring gender-based power/challenging western understandings of feminism – Exploring dynamics of power relations – Religion…
…The World Religions model Suthren Hirst and Zavos (2005), ‘Teaching Across South Asian Religious Traditions’, Contemporary South Asia 14 (1) Exploring the interactions between ‘religion’ and other significant discourses (other ways of looking) ‘Decentring religion’
Kaleidoscopic ways of looking Panth kismet dharm te qaum Analysing social space Teacher pupil traditions Gender Politics Religion (the World Religions model)
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