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The Limits of Tolerance: Indian Secularism and the Politics of Religious Freedom

C.S. Adcock


This book provides a critical history of the distinctive tradition of Indian secularism known as Tolerance. Since it was first advanced by Mohandas Gandhi, the Tolerance ideal has measured secularism and civil religiosity by contrast with proselytizing religion. In India today, it informs debates over how the right to religious freedom should be interpreted on the subcontinent. Not only has Tolerance been an important political ideal in India since the early twentieth century; the framing assumptions of Tolerance permeate historical understandings among scholars of South Asian religion and pol ... More

Keywords: secularism, Tolerance, Arya Samaj, religious freedom, conversion, shuddhi, caste, India

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199995431
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199995431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C.S. Adcock, author
Washington University in St. Louis

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