There is no paucity of literature from the fields of religious studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology on the subject of religion in India. Indeed, all four fields have made significant contributions to this topic. However, few, if any, economists have devoted much attention to this matter. Consequently, Sriya Iyer's The Economics of Religion in India must be considered to be a pioneering work in this area.

This carefully researched, deftly argued, and superbly sourced book brings an unusual degree of rigor to the study of the subject of religion in India. At the outset, it is important to underscore that Iyer has a capacious grasp of literature from diverse fields on the issue. To that end, she carefully summarizes the insights that can be gleaned from them. She also demonstrates a keen familiarity with a range of controversies that have arisen in India, especially in the recent past, about...

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