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Gandhi in a Canadian Context

Relationships between Mahatma Gandhi and Canada

Edited by Alex Damm
Subjects Religion, Eastern Religions, Social Science, Anthropology
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Hardcover : 9781771122351, 192 pages, January 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771122603, 192 pages, January 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771122597, 192 pages, January 2017
Paperback : 9781771126724, 192 pages, September 2024

Table of contents

Table of Contents
1. Mahatma Gandhi’s Awareness of Canada | Alex Damm
2. Mahatma Gandhi’s Invective Against Cowards: Implicit Warrior Ideals in Gandhi’s Philosophy of Non-Violence | Scott Daniel Dunbar
3. Gandhi and Islam: Their History and Implications for Canada Today | Ramin Jahanbegloo
4. Gandhi in Canadian Academic Religious Studies: An Overview | Harold Coward
5. Do Gandhi’s Teachings Have Relevance Today? | Kay Koppedrayer
6. The Gandhian-Inspired Mahila Shanti Sena Movement in India and its Canadian Connection | Anne M. Pearson
7. “Gandhi” in Canada in the Later Part of the Twentieth Century | Paul Younger
8. Mahatma Gandhi and Winnipeg, Manitoba | Klaus Klostermaier
9. Who Speaks for the Conscience of Canada? Twenty Years of Hamilton’s Gandhi Peace Festival: Local Lessons, Global Relevance | Rama Singh


Gandhi in a Canadian Context examines a range of intriguing and under-studied connections between India’s greatest nationalist leader, Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948), and facets of life in Canada, including Gandhi’s interest in and contact with Canada and Canadians early in the twentieth century, and the implications of Gandhi’s thinking on a range of issues in Canadian society today. This collection of essays by Canadian scholars explores topics such as Gandhi’s awareness of Canada; the academic study of Gandhi in Canadian higher education; and dimensions of Gandhi’s thought that demand greater attention and have enduring relevance for individuals and communities in Canada. These range from a peace-oriented Islam and participation in direct action campaigns to a more constructive politics and environmental stewardship. This book breaks new ground in the depth of its study of a figure significant for both Canada and the world at large. The themes in this book will be of interest to scholars in Gandhi studies, education, Canadian history, and sociology, as well as to the general reader who seeks to reflect on what traditions of non-violence and conflict resolution championed by Gandhi might contribute to social progress in Canada.