Category Archives: Christianity

Enduring religion in the Kashmir conflict

That the conflict over Kashmir is religious seems self-evident to most people who care to talk about it. Opposing sides fundamentally agree the conflict has a religious character. US President Trump may have summed it up when he said, “Kashmir … Continue reading

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Western Foundations of the Caste System: a conversation

The Indian caste system is an ancient, pervasive institution of social organization within the subcontinent – or is it? Dr. Prakash Shah (Reader in Culture and Law at Queen Mary, University of London, UK) speaks to Dr. Raj Balkaran, the host … Continue reading

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Does Durkheim Enhance Our Understanding of Law and Religion?

In this lecture, given at the conference on “The Sacred and the Law. The Durkheimian Legacy” at the Kate Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, Bonn, 27-28. October 2015, I view Durkheim in two ways: … Continue reading

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Seminar: Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law

The seminar by Dr. Prakash Shah, ‘Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law’, is now available online. The seminar, given at Bengaluru, Karnataka on 20 February 2018, is introduced by Mathighatta S Chaitra, … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma, Your article ‘Hindutva and historical revisionism’ has been described as an “excellent piece” by Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at Cambridge University. Journalist and historian, Andrew Whitehead, praised it as an “important … Continue reading

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Is Yoga Hindu?

In this article, Chaitra, MS and Prakash Shah argue that the claim, “Yoga is Hindu”, creates more problems than it solves as it leads us into the blind alley of identity politics. The full article can be read at this … Continue reading

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Can the freedom of religion be a universal human rights idea?

Given the religious, and specifically Protestant, conditions of possibility and conditions of intelligibility of the idea of religious freedom, and the concept cluster to which it belongs, this presentation questions how it could possibly be claimed as a global human … Continue reading

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