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John Stratton Hawley, Christian Lee Novetzke and Swapna Sharma, eds.

Bhakti and Power

Debating India's Religion of the Heart

University of Washington Press 2019

New Books in Hindu StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in ReligionNew Books in Religion & FaithNew Books in South Asian Studies July 30, 2019 Raj Balkaran

What is the relationship between religion and power? With this important overarching theme in mind, Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart...

What is the relationship between religion and power? With this important overarching theme in mind, Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart (University of Washington Press, 2019), edited by John Stratton HawleyChristian Lee Novetzke and Swapna Sharma, combines 17 fascinating studies which explore the ways in which bhakti – “India’s religion of the heart”, loosely translated as devotionalism – tears down power barriers, and also build them up. Bhakti and Power offers important insight on both the power and powerlessness of bhakti at various social and historical junctures.


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