• Tolerant Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI:
• Tolerant Hinduism

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This chapter introduces the subject of Hindu tolerance, and the long tradition of amity and shared worship that has characterized relations between Hindus and Muslims living in India, focusing on the shrine (dargah) of Shahul Hamid in Nagore, Tamil Nadu. Shahul Hamid is remembered as the descendant of a noted Sufi pir, but his shrine was built with help from Hindu kings, and more than half of the people who worship there today are Hindus. A law enacted by the Tamil Nadu state legislature in 2002 forbids religious conversion, but this shrine makes people ask what conversion as a monolithic idea might mean.

Keywords: shared worship; Hindu tolerance; Muslims; India; Shahul Hamid; religious conversion

Chapter.  1284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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