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Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism
Karthick Ram Manoharan
Price
225.00
ISBN
9789354421679
Language
English
Pages
148
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2022
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient BlackSwan

This volume is a thematic study of the work and ideas of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. It analyses Periyar's emancipatory, irreverent and revolutionary critique of religion using the idea of 'political atheism'. Drawing extensively from Periyar's own writings, contemporary accounts of Dravidian politics and the theory of Anarchism, this groundbreaking study provides a new perspective on Periyar's engagements with religion, caste and their collaborations with the state. Periyar is not just a new appraisal of 'Periyarism' but a reminder of its continuing significance in global conversations on justice, equality and liberty.

Karthick Ram Manoharan is Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton.

Acknowledgements

1. The Complete Rationalist as Anti-philosopher
Introducing Periyar

2. Political Atheism
Marxism, Anarchism, Periyarism

3. Ramasamy and the Ramayana
Periyar’s Approach to Hinduism

4. Emancipation through Conversion?
Periyar, Islam and Buddhism

5. Conclusion: Periyar for Our Times

Glossary of Select Terms
Texts for Further Reading

1. An audio recording of the event, hosted by the University of Liverpool
2. Release Date: 5/13/2022 Venue: Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
3. Release Date: 4/5/2022 Venue: Online event organised by the University of Wolverhampton
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