Caste & Sociology of Religion

This course focuses primarily on caste and religion in India but also includes some work on religions outside. It engages with methods of study of religion and critically engages with colonial anthropology of caste. Students will have a fundamental understanding of the caste system and other religious and communal systems. They will be introduced to the politics of studying caste and religion in India and will be able to critically engage with everyday discourses of caste and religion in contemporary India.



Ketkar, S.V. (1909) The History of Caste in India: Evidence of the Laws of Manu on the Social Conditions in India during the Third Century A.D: Interpreted and Examined, Taylor & Carpenter, New York.

Rege, S (2013) Against the Madness of Manu, Introduction & Section 1 ps. 13-109, Navayana Publishing, New Delhi.

Fuller, CJ (1976) Kerala Christians and the Caste System, Man, JRAI Vol. II.

Louis Dumont (1980) Homo Hierarchicus, University of Chicago Press.

Chakravarti, U. (1989) “Whatever happened to the Vedic Dasi? Orientalism, nationalism and a script for the past.” in Kumkum Sangari et Sudesh Vaid (eds) Recasting women: Essays in colonial history, p. 27-87.

Dirks, N. (2001) Castes of Mind. Representations, version.

Ahmad, Imtiaz, ed. (1978) Caste and social stratification among Muslims in India. South Asia Books.

Veer, Peter van der. (1994) Religious nationalism: Hindus and muslims in India, University of California Press, Berkeley, LA and California.

Gupta, Charu. Sexuality, obscenity, community: Women, Muslims, and the Hindu public in colonial India. Orient Blackswan, 2005.