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Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation, and Identity

Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi


Swaminarayan Hinduism is a rapidly expanding transnational Hindu movement with followers and institutions throughout India and abroad, especially in the United States, Britain, East Africa, and Australasia. It is rooted in its formation in India at the cusp of the early modern and colonial period and is now growing through modern transnational networks. New discoveries, recent research, and new interpretation of the history, doctrine, devotional arts, and transnational developments provide a foundation for better, more comprehensive understanding of the growth, belief, and practice of contempo ... More

Keywords: Swaminarayan Hinduism, Gujarat, transnational, diaspora, identity, reform, theology, arts, Vaishnava, bhakti architecture

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199463749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Brady Williams, editor
LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Wabash College where he served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and as Founding Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Yogi Trivedi, editor
Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and a doctoral student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His doctoral project focuses on the textual and performative study of North Indian devotional traditions in eighteenth and nineteenth century Gujarat, specifically the Swaminarayan Sampraday.

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I History

Introduction to History

Raymond Brady Williams

4 Swaminarayan and British Contacts in Gujarat in the 1820s

Sadhu Paramtattvadas and Raymond Brady Williams with an appendix on historical dating by Sadhu Amrutvijaydas

II Theology and Literature

9 Swaminarayan’s Brahmajnana as Aksarabrahma-Parabrahma-Darsanam

Sadhu Bhadreshdas translated by Sadhu Aksharananddas

III The Arts and Architecture

IV Transnational Networks

16 Transnational Growth of BAPS in East Africa

Sadhu Vivekjivandas with Mahendrabhai Patel and Sadhu Ishwarcharandas