Category Archives: South Asian Studies

Zombie Attack: Karen Armstrong does Calvin

by Richard K. Payne Note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. In the world according to Paul Krugman there are some ideas that just won’t die no matter how often refuted: hence zombies. Perennialism, the claim that all … Continue reading

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“Common Sense” in the Inquiry of Ugra

by Adam Miller Note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog. While reading Jan Nattier’s translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Skt. Ugraparipṛcchā), a work most all scholars associate with the early Mahāyāna, I came across three apparently common sayings in the turn-of-the-Common-Era Buddhist world (Nattier calls them “well-known sayings”). … Continue reading

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Religious Proximity and Cultural Distance: An Introduction on the East/West Dichotomy

The following is the editorial introduction to the June 2015 issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (the full table of contents having already been posted). We offer this editorial here on the blog in order to give … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 44.2 (June 2015)

The June issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a panel of papers on the construction of “East/West” in the study of religion. This debate began … Continue reading

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God©

By Deeksha Sivakumar Religion has always provided a reliable and recognizable brand name in the realm of the market where choices are too many. This is especially so in India, where Hindu gods have more celebrity appeal than any movie … Continue reading

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Creating History

by Steven Ramey * This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. History-making involves the creation of connections between events that generate meaning and order. It is really the same as any storytelling, where the creator of … Continue reading

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You Say Spiritual; They Say Political

* This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Steven Ramey We often assume that actions are either political or spiritual, that those two categories are easily discernible and inherently distinct, but are they different? At … Continue reading

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