Studies in History volume 29, issue 2, P183-206 2013 DOI: 10.1177/0257643013504349 View full text
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Abha Singh

Abstract: The present article draws attention towards the fluid identities of sectarian communities during the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries with special reference to the Satnamis of Narnaul. It raises the issue whether sectarian fluidity helped missionaries to make inroads. The Missionaries mistook the plural outlook of the Satnamis, particularly their 'openness' towards the new faith as fertile ground for conversion. However, the study suggests that 'fluidity' co-existed with 'rigid' core. 'Openness' does no…

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