31 January 2014
The latest publication by Professor David Mosse, Head of Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has been named winner of Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (History/Ethnography) 2009-2013 by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
The scholar’s book,The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India, is a nuanced and historically persuasive exploration of Christianity’s remarkable trajectory as a social and cultural force in southern India.
To honour the book, the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, an association of scholars interested in the study of Hinduism, Christianity, and the interrelations between these two traditions, will host a scholarly panel on Professor Mosse’s book at its 2014 annual meeting in November.
Professor Mosse said: “I am delighted to receive this award in a field of study that has growing contemporary importance, but equally is rooted in cross-cultural and inter-religious encounters having a profound influence on Indian and Western history.”
The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies publishes the Journal of Hindu Christian Studies, previously the Hindu-Christian Studies Bulletin. Former winners of the prize include Diana Eck, Corinne Dempsey and Frank Clooney.