Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

Reading History with the Tamil Jainas

A Study on Identity, Memory and Marginalisation

Authors: Umamaheshwari, R.

  • A unique account of the lesser known community of Tamil Jainas and their sense of self
  • Provides readers with a clear visual depiction through photographs and maps
  • Combines an easy-to-read journalistic style with sound academic research
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About this book

This book provides a social history of the Tamil Jainas, a minority community living in Tamil Nadu in south India. It holds special significance in the method of studying the community, living in villages of Tamil Nadu and retrieving their perspectives on their past. This is a new approach in terms of historiography from extant works on Jainism in south India. A major feature of this book is the hitherto uncovered aspect of the question of language and identity, caste and the modern socio-political movements in Tamil Nadu, such as the Self-Respect Movement (initiated by ‘Periyar’), in which some Tamil Jainas were active participants. Special features in the book include photographs of the community and monuments, maps, and a unique style, which combines a journalistic approach and academic historical research. This book is of interest to readers of Tamil language and history, and to anyone working on the idea of politics of marginalisation of religious identities, ide

as of memory, and community narratives of shared history in the face of religious persecution. 

About the authors

R. Umamaheshwari is an independent journalist-academic researcher and former fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. She has received several journalism and academic fellowships for her work on the displacement of marginalised communities on account of developmental projects, on issues associated with development politics and for her work on Tamil Jaina history. She has authored two books: When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River; and From Possession to Freedom: the Journey of Nili-Nilakeci.  

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • On Reading History, and a Community

    Umamaheshwari, R.

    Pages 1-36

  • Jaina Studies: A Historical Overview

    Umamaheshwari, R.

    Pages 37-81

  • Community Narratives, Inscriptional Records: A Chronicle of Journeys Through Tamil Jaina Villages

    Umamaheshwari, R.

    Pages 83-204

  • ‘Retrieving’, Seeking, the Tamil Jaina Self: the Politics of Memory, Identity and Tamil Language

    Umamaheshwari, R.

    Pages 205-298

  • On Mapping the Layers of Community Histories: Some Concluding Remarks

    Umamaheshwari, R.

    Pages 299-304

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-3756-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-81-322-3755-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading History with the Tamil Jainas
Book Subtitle
A Study on Identity, Memory and Marginalisation
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-3756-3
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-3756-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-3755-6
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 326
Number of Illustrations and Tables
48 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour
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