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Hindu Christian Faqir: Modern Monks, Global Christianity, and Indian Sainthood

Timothy S. Dobe


This book compares two colonial Indian saints from the region of Punjab, the neo-Vedantin Hindu Rama Tirtha (1873–1906) and the Christian convert Sundar Singh (1889–1929). Challenging ideas of the invention of modern Hinduism, the transparent translation of Christianity, and the construction of saints by devotees, the study focuses on the longstanding, shared religious idioms that both men creatively drew on to appeal to their transnational audiences and to pursue particular and plural models of religious perfection. Their global tours in Europe and America, self-conscious sartorial styles, an ... More

Keywords: asceticism, sainthood, holy men, comparison, colonialism, modernity, performance, Global Christianity, Hinduism, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199987696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy S. Dobe, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Grinnell College