Translations of Violence: Revisiting Discourses of Sikh Ethnonationalism

Author: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

Link: “Translations of Violence: Revisiting Discourses of Sikh Ethnonationalism” in Secularism and Religion-Making, ed. Arvind Mandair and Markus Dressler, Oxford University Press, 2011

About: Arvind-Pal Mandair contributes an individual essay to this volume. He probes the role of generalized translation in the manufacture of parallel discourses of religious nationalism (in the Sikh context) and discourses of violence perpetuated by the secular Indian State. Mandair shows how a strict opposition between religious nationalist and state secularist discourses have been sustained by a typology of violence that emanates from a Westphalian interdiction against ‘religion’.


Arvind-Pal S. Mandair
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures 

Tara Singh & Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh & Kirpal Kaur Brar Professor of Sikh Studies

Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory/Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

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