Nidan: International Journal for Indian Studies is an academic journal that focuses on Indian studies broadly including the Indian / South Asian diaspora. The journal is an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural one that encourages scholarship that offers readers the opportunity to grasp India, its society, culture, religion, philosophy, politics, economics and geography among other aspects.

Multi-religious Entanglements in Peninsular India


Journal Editor:
Professor P. Pratap Kumar
School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban

Guest editor for the Special Issue:
Professor Ines G. Županov
Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS, Paris
Le Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud [CNRS/EHESS]
54, Bd. Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
Research Fellow at the Center for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) in New Delhi
2, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India
(from Sept. 2019 to Sept 2021)

Associate Editor (assisting the special issue):
Deepra Dandekar
Researcher, Center for the History of Emotions
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

 The bi-annual, peer-reviewed and open access Journal Nidān: International Journal for Indian Studies, published from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban is pleased to announce a special issue on Multi-religious Entanglements in Peninsular India, to be published in July 2020. We elicit 8000 to 10,000 word-long original research articles from scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds, using a variety of methodological approaches or a combination thereof, including anthropological, sociological, historical methods and literary analysis. Those interested in contributing, please email an abstract of up to 500 words with author institutional details to Professor Ines G. Županov ( and Deepra Dandekar ( by September 15th, 2019. Submissions for the special issue will, however, have to be made by November 30th, 2019.

Vol 5 No 1 (2020): Multi-religious Entanglements in Peninsular India

Despite all the challenges caused by covid-19 around the world, I am finally pleased to announce the release of the July 2020 issue. I apologize to all the readers, members of the editorial board and all the stakeholders for the delayed release. The global pandemic has forced upon us a new normal in which we need to find new ways of teaching and researching. As we continue to discover new ways, Nidan will always endeavor to support scholarly publications and make them available to scholars across the globe. This year, despite all the limitations, our authors have managed to submit their papers and Nidan is happy to offer them to you, albeit rather belatedly. I want to express my gratitude to Prof Ines Zupanov for guest editing the issue. I want to thank the authors for their contributions to the Nidan’s goals for advancing scholarly engagement. I wish to express my gratitude to all the peer reviewers for their critical and insightful comments on the papers and for helping authors to take cognizance of the issues they may have missed. I also wish to thank the book reviewers who have offered thoughtful reviews on some key publications that we have included in this issue. As always, I am grateful to all the editorial board and the associate editors, especially Dr. Dandekar for ensuring that this issue is kept alive. I thank the Sabinet staff for their continued support for Nidan. I also wish to thank the UKZN Website Staff for their diligent work, especially Mr. Vincent Mbonye for managing our website. I hope that the readers will find the papers and book reviews thought provoking and illuminating. Thanks again for supporting Nidan.

P. Pratap Kumar


Published: 2020-10-29

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