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Swaminarayan HinduismTradition, Adaptation, and Identity$
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Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463749.001.0001

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Sahajanand Swami’s Approach to Caste

Sahajanand Swami’s Approach to Caste

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(p.115) 6 Sahajanand Swami’s Approach to Caste
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Swaminarayan Hinduism
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Sadhu Mangalnidhidas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463749.003.0007

Caste as a social construct in South Asia has long been a subject of controversy—igniting fierce debates, mediating a variety of political aims, and sometimes sparking conflict and violence. Hindu sampradayas have approached the issue in a variety of ways, the complexity of which has sometimes been lost in reductive accounts. A historical and textual study of Sahajanand Swami’s nuanced approach to caste offers insights into how he strove to reduce the negative impact of caste identification while tempering caste-related conflicts.

Keywords:   caste, Sahajanand Swami, reform, caste conflicts, Rammohan Roy, Gunatitanand, sampradayas, South Asia, approach to caste

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