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 4 No 1 (2019): Introducing ‘Christianity in India’

It is with great pleasure I introduce the July 2019 issue to the readers. This issue, longest in length so far in the history of Nidān, focuses on Indian Christians and Christianity in India. It demonstrates the extent to which the topic is of interest to scholars as well as general readers. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Deepra Dandekar for editing this issue with great care, scholarly rigour and attention to detail. I thank all the authors for choosing to submit their scholarly papers to Nidān. We have selected these papers from a large pool of submissions and after subjecting them to a rigorous double blind peer review process. On behalf of the editorial team, I wish to gratefully acknowledge the work of the anonymous reviewers. This issue offers scholarly insight into the Indian Christian community through the very well researched papers. I hope the readers from not only the Christian scholarly community but also the general readers at large would find these papers worth reading. We have included book reviews on three latest scholarly books in the field of Indian studies. It is perhaps worth noting that rarely do we publish more than one review on the same book. This time, Arun Jones’ book has elicited such positive response that we have decided to include two reviews on his book. The other two books are by two prominent scholars in the field of Indian studies—Deonnie Moodie (2019) and Sumit Sarkar (2019). We thank all the reviewers for their insightful reviews.

Published: 2019-08-10

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