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
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 Hawley, Christian 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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