ARI - Springer Asia Series

Religion-State Encounters in Hindu Domains

From the Straits Settlements to Singapore

Authors: Sinha, Vineeta

  • Presents an analysis of the religious landscape of the Straits Settlements, something not yet comprehensively undertaken in the scholarly literature
  • Offers an institutional history of the Mohamedan and Hindu Endowments Board for Singapore, which is also unexplored research territory
  • Based on primary archival material presented here for the first time
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About this book

The historical and empirical project presented here is grounded in a desire to theorize ‘religion-state’ relations in the multi-ethnic, multi-religious, secular city-state of Singapore. The core research problematic of this project has emerged out of the confluence of two domains, ‘religion, law and bureaucracy’ and ‘religion and colonial encounters.’ This work has two core objectives: one, to articulate the actual points of engagement between institutions of religion and the state, and two, to identify the various processes, mechanisms and strategies through which relations across these spheres are sustained. The thematic foundations of this book rest on disentangling the complex interactions between religious communities, individuals and the various manifestations of the Singapore state, relationships that are framed within a culture of bureaucracy. This is accomplished through a scrutiny of Hindu domains on the island nation-state, from her identity as part of the Straits Settlements to the present day. The empirical and analytical emphases of this book rest on the author's engagement with the realm of Hinduism as it is conceived, structured, framed and practiced within the context of a strong state in Singapore today. Ethnographically,the book focusses on Hindu temple management and the observance of Hindu festivals and processions, enacted within administrative and bureaucratic frames.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Making Sense of Religion and State Encounters: Locating Religions in Secular States

    Sinha, Vineeta

    Pages 1-23

  • Governance in the Straits Settlements, 1796–1874

    Sinha, Vineeta

    Pages 25-43

  • The ‘Religious Question’ in the Straits Settlements

    Sinha, Vineeta

    Pages 45-81

  • The Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Ordinance, 1905: Recourse to Legislation

    Sinha, Vineeta

    Pages 83-124

  • Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board, 1905–1968: The Singapore Experience

    Sinha, Vineeta

    Pages 125-183

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-0887-7
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3586-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion-State Encounters in Hindu Domains
Book Subtitle
From the Straits Settlements to Singapore
Authors
Series Title
ARI - Springer Asia Series
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0887-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0887-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0886-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3586-6
Series ISSN
2367-105X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 284
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