© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006811X549698 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 23 (2011) 79-81 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Book Review Arvind-Pal S. Mandair, Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation . New York: Columbia University Press, 2009, pp. xviii, 516. This is an ambitious book that is an important contribution to the critical discourse about religion in the context of post-colonialism. The central ambition of the book is the demon- stration of how Sikhism (along with other Indian “religions”) was constructed as “religion” in the nineteenth and twentieth century, at ﬁrst through imperialist scholarship and then by Sikh elites themselves. The book particularly highlights the importance of an implicit philosophy of ‘generalised translation’ that allows the formation of the West’s Other in terms of religion. The book oﬀers six substantial chapters structured in three parts, “Indian Religions and Western Thought,” “Theology as Cultural Translation,” and “Postcolonial Exits” which develop the book’s central theme and generally move from a
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