Overall, Fahys book is a valuable contribution to the ongoing study of Gauya Vaiavism, and it illuminates several doxastic attitudes of contemporary ISKCON devotees that could not be attained through other methodological approaches such as theological or textual analyses. Journal of Dharma Studies This book is an important contribution to the ethnographic and theoretical literature. It is very well written and deals with an intrinsically interesting ethnographic context. It is theoretically ambitious in its engagement with the literature on anthropology of ethics. Jonathan Mair, University of Kent The book offers the first ethnography of the Mayapur phenomenon, presenting an account of its development, of the political and economic issues involved, the conflicts over building and so on, along with an account of the devotees who live there or visit, based on qualitative interviews and participant observation. The lives and aspirations of devotees are brought to life in this book. Gavin Flood, University of Oxford
John Fahy is an Affiliated Researcher at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has published widely on the anthropology of religion, ethics and interfaith engagement in both India and the Persian Gulf. He is the co-editor of The Interfaith Movement: Mobilising Religious Diversity in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2019), with Jan-Jonathan Bock, and Emergent Religious Pluralisms (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019), with Jan-Jonathan Bock and Samuel Everett.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Names, Language and Transliteration Introduction: A Tale of Two Countercultures Chapter 1. Land of the Golden Avatar Chapter 2. Changing the Subject Chapter 3. Practices of Knowledge Chapter 4. Learning to Love Krishna Chapter 5. Simple Living, High Thinking Conclusion: Failing Well Glossary References Index