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Contents: Introduction, Indo-British Civilization, The Life of Dayanand Saraswati, History of Arya Samaj, Organisation and Rituals of Arya Samaj, Arya Samaj in its True Perspective, The Rational Basis of Arya Samaj, Role of Arya Samaj, The Significance of the Arya Samaj, Politics and Arya Samaj, Political Outlook of Aryasamajists, Arya Samaj and Education, D.A.V. Movement in India, The D.A.V. Institutions: Their Past and Future, Dayananda An Apostle of Universal Brotherhood, Is the Arya Samaj Another Religion?, Swamantavyamantavya: My Beliefs and Disbeliefs, Swikarapatra: The List Will and Testament of Dayananda, Library Works of Dayananda.
Indian Secularism and the Politics of Religious Freedom
Author: C.S. Adcock
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book provides a critical history of the distinctive tradition of Indian secularism known as Tolerance. Examining debates surrounding the activities of the Arya Samaj - a Hindu reform organization regarded as the exemplar of intolerance - it finds that Tolerance functioned to disengage Indian secularism from the politics of caste.
Transnational Hindus and Their Narrative Performances
Author: Jennifer B. Saunders
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Imagining Religious Communities tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders. Based on ethnographic research, the book demonstrates the ways that transnational communities are involved in shaping their experiences through narrative performances. Jennifer B. Saunders demonstrates that narrative performances shape participants' social realities in multiple ways: they define identities, they create connections between community members living on opposite sides of national borders, and they help create new homes amidst increasing mobility. The narratives are religious and include epic narratives such as excerpts from the Ramayana as well as personal narratives with dharmic implications. Saunders' analysis combines scholarly understandings of the ways in which performances shape the contexts in which they are told, indigenous comprehension of the power that reciting certain narratives can have on those who hear them, and the theory that social imaginaries define new social realities through expressing the aspirations of communities. Imagining Religious Communities argues that this Hindu community's religious narrative performances significantly contribute to shaping their transnational lives.
The Arya Samaj movement is essentially a religious institution but became a significant force in India's religious and secular struggle for social and cultural self-determination. Its founding in 1875 presaged the creation of independent India in 1947. This work does not attempt a detailed examination of the movement but provides an outline of its growth and philosophy in the light of the work of its founder Swami Dayanand Sarasvati. the complex of institutions and upliftment programmes initiated by the Samaj and the major historical forces which acted to shape the movement are a cause for considerable pride. The Arya Samaj was one of several socio-religious movements which were founded in the nineteenth century. It was however responsible for constructing some of the best known educational institutions in north India. The repercussions of this were felt by emigrant Indian communities in such places as mauritius, South Africa and Guyana. What started then as a small religious sect has now grown into a religious denomination of considerable influence. In South Africa the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha is one of the best known Hindu organisations wielding influence among the north Indian segment of the Hindu population.