Book ID: CBB040020409

Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (2016)


Pankaj Jain (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: pp. 120
Language: English

Scholars have long noticed a discrepancy in the way non-Western and Western peoples conceptualize the scientific and religious worlds. Non-Western traditions and communities, such as of India, are better positioned to provide an alternative to the Western dualistic thinking of separating science and religion. The Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO) was founded by Dr. Anil Joshi in the 1970s as a new movement looking at the economic and development needs of rural villages in the Indian Himalayas, and encouraging them to use local resources in order to open up new avenues to self-reliance. This book argues that the concept of dharma, the law that supports the regulatory order of the universe in Indian culture, can be applied as an overarching term for HESCO’s socio-economic work. This book presents the social-environmental work in contemporary India by Dr. Anil Joshi in the Himalayas and by Baba Seechewal in Punjab, combining the ideas of traditional and scientific ecological knowledge systems. Based on these two examples, the book presents the holistic model transcending the dichotomies of nature vs. culture and science vs. religion, especially as practiced and utilized in the non-Western society such as India. Using the example of HESCO, the book highlights that the very categories of religion and science are problematic when applied to non-Western traditions, but that Western technologies can be radically transformed through integration with regional legacies to enable the flourishing of a multiplicity of knowledge-traditions and the societies that depend upon them. It will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian Studies, Religion, Environmental Studies, Himalayan Studies, and Development Studies.

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Review Deepak Kumar (2018) Review of "Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 305-307). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Raina, Dhruv
Singh, Rajinder
Stamou, George P.
Lefkaditou, Ageliki
Gosling, David L.
García Cruz, Cándido Manuel
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Indian Journal of History of Science
Archives of Natural History
Isis Bibliography of the History of Science
Dharmaram Publications
University of Chicago Press
Lexington Books
Princeton University
Oxford University Press
Science and religion
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Lovelock, James E.
Raman, Chandrasekhara Venkata
Levins, Richard
Whitehead, Alfred North
Bertalanffy, Ludwig von
Hutton, James
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
20th century, late
South Asia
Indian Ocean
Great Britain
Natural History Museum (London, England)
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
Congress for Cultural Freedom

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