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Whether spurred by religious images or academic history books, hardly a day goes by in South Asia without an incident or court case occurring as a result of hurt religious feelings. The sharp rise in blasphemy accusations over the past few decades calls for an investigation into why offence politics has become so pronounced, and why it is observable across religious and political differences. Outrage offers an interdisciplinary study of this growing trend. Bringing together researchers in Anthropology, Religious Studies, Languages, South Asia Studies and History, all with rich experience in the variegated ways in which religion and politics intersect in this region, the volume presents a fine-grained analysis that navigates and unpacks the religious sensitivities and political concerns under discussion. Each chapter focuses on a recent case or context of alleged blasphemy or desecration in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, collectively exploring common denominators across national and religious differences. Among the common features are the rapid introduction of social media and smartphones, the possible political gains of initiating blasphemy accusations, and the growing self-assertion of marginal communities. These features are turning South Asia into a veritable flash point for offence controversies in the world today, and will be of interest to researchers exploring the intersection of religion and politics in South Asia and beyond.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of abbreviations
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Note on diacritics
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. 1. Introduction: Researching the rise of religious offence in South Asia
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  1. 2. ‘We’re all blasphemers’: The life of religious offence in Pakistan
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  1. 3. The rise of religious offence in transitional Myanmar
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  1. 4. Religious outrage as spectacle: The successful protests against a ‘blasphemous’ minister
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  1. 5. Affective digital images: Shiva in the Kaaba and the smartphone revolution
  2. pp. 123-148
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  1. 6. ‘Durga did not kill Mahishasur’: Hindus, Adivasis and Hindutva
  2. pp. 149-177
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  1. 7. The languages of truth: Saints, judges and the fraudulent in a Pakistani court
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  1. 8. Blasphemy and the appropriation of vigilante justice in ‘hagiohistoric’ writing in Pakistan
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  1. 9. Afterword: On the efficacy of ‘blasphemy’
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787355279
Related ISBN
9781787355286
MARC Record
OCLC
1122566125
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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