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Outside the Fold - Conversion, Modernity, and Belief Paperback – May 31, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0691058993 ISBN-10: 0691058997

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691058997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691058993
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Winner of the 1999 Harry Levin Prize, American Comparative Literature Association
Winner of the 1999 James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association
Winner of the 2000 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize, South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies

"Outside the Fold is an intriguing and wide-ranging set of essays exploring the meaning of conversion. But beyond that, it is a commentary on the transcultural experience of colonialism and modernity."--David Mosse, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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"I cannot conceive of a more important reading in its detail and its strength. This is the work of a dedicated and highly sophisticated thinker."--Sara Suleri Goodyear, Yale University

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Novice on September 7, 2008
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Dr. Viswanathan has examined conversion with an eye to the subjective experience and self-definitions of converts themselves, thereby throwing into sharp relief the institutional frameworks (legal, social, religious, colonial, native) which had heretofore labeled and defined conversion experiences both in colonized India and in the English metropole. A work of stunning insight and erudition, it should prove critical in any informed examination of conversion, including its causes and repercussions in all societies that are negotiating an often tortured relationship with modernity.
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