Oluf Schönbeck


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Oluf Schönbeck is a research fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Recently researching the Lutheran mission in South India, his research interests also include contemporary Sufism and devotional rituals.

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All Religions Merge in Tranquebar

Religious Coexistence and Social Cohesion in South India

With clashes of faith increasingly common globally, the study of religious conflict is also increasing. This book reverses that perspective by addressing a case of peaceful religious coexistence and social cohesion, namely in the South Indian town of Tranquebar. This former Danish colonial settlement and birthplace of the Lutheran mission to India is now a famous heritage site. Although badly hit by the 2004 tsunami and today dominated by Hindus, the town has avoided the religious conflict so often found in present-day India. This in-depth study demonstrates that the role played by religion is invariably tied up with other social factors (like stratification and economic development) and may serve as a basis for unity as well as division.

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