Religion and the Specter of the West Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation

ISBN-10: 0231147244

ISBN-13: 9780231147248

Edition: 2009

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List price: $151.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 536
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair is an Associate Professor and holder of the S.B.S.C. Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. His earlier books include: Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation (2009), Teachings of the Sikh Gurus (with Christopher Shackle, 2005), Secularism and Religion-Making (2009). He is a founding editor of the journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Indian Religions" and Western Thought
Disorders of Identity and the Memory of Politics
Theology as Cultural Translation
Postcoloniality, Theory, and the Afterlives of Religion
"Indian Religions" and Western Thought
Mono-theo-lingualism: Religion, Language, and Subjectivity in Colonial North India
The "Failure of Secular Creeds" in Politics and Theory
Religion and Nationalism in Colonial North India
"Dialogue" and the Emergence of public Spheres in Britain and India
The Colonial Idiom: The Anglicist Reversal of the "Hindoo" Stereotype
Indian Public Responses to the Colonial Idiom
Rethinking the "Interactionist" Model of Colonial Agency
Modes of Address: English and the Purification of Native Speech
Fabrication of the "Mother Tongue(s)"
The English Orthopaideia: "Generalized Translation" and the Transition to the Global Fiduciary
Hegel and the Comparative Imaginary of the West
The Orthodoxy of Secular Anti-Imperialist Critique
Cultural Nationalism and the "Intellectual Rekindling of Christianity"
Monogenesis: Race, Reason, and Monotheism in Orientalism<sup>1</sup>
Indology and the Pantheist Controversy: Herder, Schlegel, and Schelling
Naming the Origin: Hegel's Critique of Deism and Natural Religion
Of Passage and Installation: The Question of Spirit
Linking Aufhebung to the Ontological Proof for God's Existence
Hegel's Schema as a Diagram for the Production of History
Influences of Hegel's Schema
Theosophy, Indology, and the Religious Reform Movements
Theology as Cultural Translation
Sikhism and the Politics of Religion-Making
Early Colonial Accounts of Sikhs and Sikhism
Demacrating a Regime of Translation: Trumpp's "Odium Theologicum"
Pincott and the Politics of Classification
Manufacturing Native Informancy: Macauliffe's "Dialogue" with the Sikh Reformists
Reinstalling Sikhism within the History of Religions
Reconstituting Gurmat as "Sikh Theology"
Nation and the Time of Novitas: Teja Singh's The Growth of Responsibility in Sikhism
Transcedence and the Over-coming of Lack
Refiguring Time as Eternity: The Eclipse of Nonduality in the Vernacular Commentaries on Sikh Scripture
From the Ontological Proof to the Formulation of Sikhism as a "World Religion"
Violence, Mysticism, and the Capture of Subjectivity
Wars of Scholarship
How Sacred Origins Construct a "Critical" History of the Sikh Religion
The Sant Ideal: nirgu&nbdot; bhakti
What Is Modern Sikh Theology?
Guru, &Sacute;abda, Nam: Language and the Location of Author(ity)
Reading the "Divine Self-Expression"
Voice, Language, Subjectivity: A Theoretical Digression
Translation and the Normalization of "Religious" Subjectivity
Sui Generis Religion and the Question of Pluralism
Translating the Theory of Religion Into the Liberal Imaginary
Violence and the Mediatization of the Sikhs, 1984 to 9/II
Postcolonial Exits
Ideologies of Sacred Sound
Language and the Crises of Humanism
The Phonemic Principle in Hermeneutics and Ethnology
Orality, Texts, and the Nationalist Imaginary
Ethnoscience and the Problem of Translation: The Case of Sikh Scripture
Sounding the Vedic Economy
Deontologizing the Word (&sacute;abda): Metaphysics of "Eternal Sanskrit" and the Production of a Sonic Mimetology
Sonic Hermeneutics as an Ethnology of Sikhism
Revisiting the Site of Lack
Reclaiming the Nondual Ground of the Guru Granth
The Word as Guru: Toward a Materialist Sketch of N&abar;nak's Teachings
Decolonizing Postsecular Theory
The Cultural Bias of Theory
Reassessing the Narratives of Emancipation
Europe's Secret Responsibility and Fundamental Fear
Postcolonial Assessments
Historical Difference in Theory
The Global Fiduciary
"What If Religio Remained Untranslatable?": Geopolitics and Theory
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of Indic Terms
Index
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