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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai

Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai

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(p.415) 23 Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai
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Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
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Patrick Eisenlohr

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281226.003.0023

This chapter examines how urban aspirations that drive migration to the megacity are intertwined with religious media practices. More specifically, it shows how Shi'ite traditions in Mumbai articulate with urban aspirations that bring migrants to megacities in a globalized world. The chapter begins with an overview of religious activism in Indian megacities as it relates to recent reformulations of the nexus between religion and globalization. It then considers the aspirations of Twelver Shi'ites in Mumbai within the context of globalized urbanity. It also discusses the role of contemporary media technology in the link between urban socioeconomic aspirations and religious mobilizations. Finally, it analyzes the spread of major religious traditions that emphasize the theme of transcendence.

Keywords:   urban aspirations, migration, media, Mumbai, megacities, religious activism, religion, globalization, Twelver Shi'ites, religious mobilization

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