Title
Reconversion to Hinduism : a Hindu nationalist reaction against conversion to Christianity and Islam Reconversion to Hinduism : a Hindu nationalist reaction against conversion to Christianity and Islam
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Armidale ,
Subject
Religious studies
Sociology
Source (journal)
South Asia: journal of South Asian studies. - Armidale
Volume/pages
34(2011) :1 , p. 31-50
ISSN
0085-6401
ISI
000288276700002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
From the broader debate on the phenomenon of conversion, it becomes clear that conversion to Christianity and Islam generates discomfort in Indian society. Moreover reconversion to Hinduism, which often goes unnoticed in this controversy, also exists. What kinds of phenomena are labelled as reconversion? What meanings do they have? Based on fieldwork and interviews, alongside analyses of media coverage and archival research, this article gives an overview of the different kinds of reconversion from the end of the nineteenth century up to the present and analyses its conceptualisation by both its critics and its promoters. From these analyses follows the conclusion that reconversion is mainly a tool to arrest Christian and Muslim conversions.
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