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Melancholia of FreedomSocial Life in an Indian Township in South Africa$
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Thomas Blom Hansen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152950

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.001.0001

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Global Hindus and Pure Muslims

Global Hindus and Pure Muslims

Universalist Aspirations and Territorialized Lives

(p.223) Chapter 7 Global Hindus and Pure Muslims
Melancholia of Freedom

Thomas Blom Hansen

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the quest for religious purification that arose from the Indian middle class in South Africa. It talks about the power and attractiveness of neo-Hindu movements in South Africa and how new and more standardized Brahmanical forms of Hinduism today clash with the popular customs and traditions that still inform ideas of belief and rituals in the Indian townships. A strikingly similar logic of purification is at work among the Muslims of Indian origin, only even more so. Apartheid forced forms of social and ritual sharing upon communities that despite their common religious orientation have little desire or inclination to share social spaces or mosques. The postapartheid society has made it possible for the traditional Muslim elite to embrace global piety movements and to reimagine their own genealogies as somehow Arab and thus not South Asian.

Keywords:   religious purification, Indian middle class, South Africa, neo-Hindu movements, Hinduism, Muslims, apartheid, postapartheid society, Indian townships

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