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date: 20 August 2019

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The notion of conversion is closely associated with a particular notion of religion, namely, that the membership of a religion involves exclusive religious identity, as is typically the case with the Abrahamic religions. The idea of conversion from one religion to another makes eminent sense in such a context and so does the idea of proselytization. Hinduism as a religion, however, is typically quite comfortable with multiple religious participation, multiple religious affiliation, and even with multiple religious identity. This chapter explores the significance of this feature of Hinduism for understanding the word “conversion,” especially as this feature of Hinduism is shared by several Asian religions.

Keywords: religion, proselytization, conversion, religious identity, Hinduism, Abrahamic religions, Asian religions

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