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Contents Acknowledgements Introduction: Towards an Integrative Hermeneutics in the Study of Identity Kelly Pemberton & Michael Nijhawan Part I: Landscapes of Translation: Linguistics, History, and Culture in Focus 1. A House Overturned: A Classical Urdu Lament in Braj Bhasha Amy Bard & Valerie Ritter 2. The Politics of Non-Duality: Unravelling the Hermeneutics of Modern Sikh Theology Arvind Mandair 3. Who are the Vell?las? 20th Century Constructions and Contestations of Tamil Identity in Maraimalai Adigal (1876-1950) Srilata Raman 4. Can a Muslim be an Indian and not a Traitor or Terrorist? Huma Dar 5. Variants of Cultural Nationalism in Pakistan: a Reading of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Jamil Jalibi, and Fahmida Riaz Amina Yaqin Part II: Landscapes of Ritual Performance: Ritual, Agency, and Memory in Focus 6. Ambivalent Encounters: The Making of Dhadi as a Sikh Performative Practice Michael Nijhawan 7. Ritual, Reform, and Economies of Meaning at a South Asian Sufi Shrine Kelly Pemberton 8. Gendered Ritual and the Shaping of Shi`ah Identity Diane D?Souza 9. History, Memory, and Other Matters of Life and Death Christian Lee Novetzke Contributors Index Acknowledgements When we first conceived the idea of editing a volume on identity in the South Asian context, we had little sense of how long, and sometimes frustrating, the journey to completion would be. While the idea came from our participation on a conference panel, ??Hindu Na, Nahin Musulman:? Shared Idioms of Piety and Sanctity,? at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in 2002, our work in individual chapters, and on the volume as a whole, has moved far beyond the aims and vision of that panel. In the interim, we?ve acquired a more nuanced understanding of the questions of identity (as a field of study) and identification (as a process of articulating the self) this volume investigates. While we, the editors, have benefited from extended conversations with each other by e-mail and phone, our study has been enriched far more deeply from conversations and collaborations over the years with colleagues and friends who have challenged us to think beyond our initial concepts and assumptions and to push the question of identity ? and identifications ? much further. In that respect, we have a few people to single out for special thanks. Tony Stewart and Joyce Flueckiger provided initial encouragement and advice (and the requisite warnings) for embarking on this project. Jack Hawley Amina Yaqin, Jenny Takhar, and Huma Dar provided valuable input on the theoretical framework for this volume in the early stages of its composition. Our friends and family provided moral and emotional support through the years we spent revising, and seeking publication for this volume, and we thank them, too. Finally, thanks are also due to Erica Wetter at Routledge, New York, and to the anonymous readers who critiqued individual chapters and the volume as a whole. While the work has been significantly enriched by their comments and support, we assume full responsibility for the ideas ? and errors ? found in the pages of this volume.
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Group identity -- South Asia.
Symbolism -- South Asia.
Political culture -- South Asia.
South Asia -- Civilization.