Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality & the Politics of Translation

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Author: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

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Nikky Singh in History of Religions, Vol. 51, No. 2, 2011

Brian Pennington in Sophia, Vol. 50, 2011: 499 – 501

Balbinder Singh Bhogal in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 73.3, 2010: 554 – 556

Paul St. Pierre, Target: A Journal of Translation Studies 23.2, 2011: 375 – 379

Michael Nijhawan, Translation Studies, 5.1, 2011: 111 – 114

Harjot Oberoi, Journal of Asian Studies, 70.1, 2011: 280 – 282

Gavin Flood, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Vol. 23, 2011: 79 – 81


Religions of South Asia, Vol. 4.2, 2010: 165 – 231

Balbinder Bhogal, “Decolonizations: Cleaving Gestures that Refuse the Alien Call for Identity Politics”

Giorgio Shani, “Exorcizing the Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Sikhism and Postcolonial Thought”

Jakob de Roover, “Decolonizing the Study of Religion”

Virinder Kalra, “Rupturing the Religious Past in the Postcolonial Present”

Timothy Fitzgerald, “The Deployment of ‘Religion’ and Other Categories as an Act of Epistemic Violence”

Srilata Raman, “‘Religion’, Religious Identity and the Frustrations of Modernity”

Purushottoma Bilimoria, “Hegel’s Spectre on Indian Thought and its God-in-Nothingness”

Bryan Rennie, “Heterological Alternatives in the History of Religions”

Arvind-Pal Mandair, “Valences of the Dialectic: Un-Inheriting the Religion-Secular Binary in Sikh Studies and Beyond”

Method and Theory in the Study of Religion,Vol. 23, 2011: 123 – 191

Ananda Abeysekara, “The Past Future of the Postcolonial ‘Category’ Religion, Theory and Translation”

Sian Hawthorne, “Is there a (M)other in the Text? Post-theistic Ontology and the Question of the Phallus” 

Ruth Mas, “Refiguring Translation in Religious Studies”

Michael Nihjawan, “Sikhism, Traumatic Repetition, and the Question of Aesthetic Sovereignty”

Arvind-Pal Mandair, “Uneasy Repetition: A Response”

Interventions,Vol. 13.1, 2011: 138 – 168

Anne Murphy, “Sikh Studies and Beyond”

Mark Elmore, “Responding to Ghosts, or Religion-Making and the Limits of Academic Demonology”

Greg Johnson, “Religion and the Specter of the West”

Arvind-Pal Mandair, “A Brief Response”

Naad Pargaas Symposium on Religion & the Specter of the West