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Global Hinduism Reading Group

Global Hinduism Reading Group

Alternate Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Venue: Faculty of Divinity, Room 5 (31st & 14th) and Lecture Room 2 (28th) 


Despite the fact that less than one percent of Hindus live outside of South Asia, Hinduism is seen in the modern era as a global phenomenon. Masses of migrants and their subsequent generations have played vital roles in bringing ideas, practices and structures to pastures new, and certain individuals have been instrumental in globalising Hinduism. This reading group will explore: transformations involved in these processes, the main protagonists of this phenomenon, and new challenges that inevitably arise. The group is open to anybody interested in the study of contemporary Hinduism. Please bring with you your reflections on the weekly readings.


Please contact Tushar Shah (tss30) or Tilak Parekh (tp459) to register your interest - if there is a change in venue this will be communicated to the group. Feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.


Wednesday 31st October - Diaspora Tradition

'Tracing Transformations of Hinduism', pg 7-38 in 'The Hindu Diaspora' by Steven Vertovec. Available to read here:

Faculty of Divinity, Room 5 


Wednesday 14th November - Global Gurus

'Innovative Gurus: Tradition and Change in Contemporary Hinduism' by Amanda Lucia in International Journal of Hindu Studies. Link:

Faculty of Divinity, Room 5 


Wednesday 28th November - Representation and Teaching

'Will the Real Mango Please Stand Up? Reflections on Defending Dharma and Historicising Hinduism' by Shana Sippy, Chapter 2 in 'Public Hinduisms'. Available to read here:

Faculty of Divinity, Lecture Room 2

Contact Tushar Shah ( or Tilak Parekh (


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