NEW BOOK: In the Presence of Sai Baba: Body, City and Memory in a
Global Religious Movement, by Smriti Srinivas
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Tue May 6 19:31:30 EDT 2008
You may be interested the below announcement of SUNTA
member, Smriti Srinivas', new book, _In the Presence of Sai Baba_.
"In the Presence of Sai Baba: Body, City and Memory in a Global Religious
Movement" by Smriti Srinivas
South Asian paperback (2008) published by Orient Longman (Hyderabad),
Original Hardback (2008) published by Brill (Leiden/Boston) in the Numen
Book Series: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=74&mcid=5&pid=27711
The Sai Baba movement, centered on the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba (b.
1926), today attracts a global following from Japan to South Africa.
Regarded as a divine incarnation, Sathya Sai Baba traces his genealogy to
Shirdi Sai Baba (d. 1918), a mendicant in colonial India identified with
various Sufi and devotional traditions. The movement, thus, has "roots"
in Shirdi Sai Baba but as it globalizes, it has developed conjunctions
with other religious traditions, New Religious Movements, and New Age
ideas. This book offers an account of the Sai Baba movement as a pathway
for charting the varied cartographies, sensory formations, and cultural
memories implicated in urbanization and globalization. It traverses the
terrain between social theories for the study of religion and cities -
themselves a product of modernity- and the radical, creative, and
unexpected modernity of contemporary religious movements. It is based on
ethnographic research carried out in India, Kenya, and the United States
SMRITI SRINIVAS is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of
California, Davis. She is the author of The Mouths of People, the Voice
of God: Buddhists and Muslims in a Frontier Community of Ladakh (1998),
and Landscapes of Urban Memory: The Sacred and the Civic in India's High-
Tech City (2001). Her research interests are in urban cultures, social
memory, cultures of the body, and religion.
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