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About Aya Ikegame

Aya Ikegame works as a Research Associate on the Open University Oecumene research project. She completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 2007. Her recent publications include: Princely India Re-imagined: a historical anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present (2012, Routledge) and The Guru in South Asia: new interdisciplinary perspectives (co-edited with Jacob Copeman, 2012, Routledge).


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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Mathas, gurus and citizenship in colonial India

Strong religious, communal and kinship ties in non-European societies were treated as evidence of their inability to produce modern citizenship. How then, did religious institutions called mathas in South India in the early twentieth century successfully express their political will through acts of devotion to their gurus?

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