Sriya Iyer is a Bibby fellow and college lecturer in economics at St. Catharine’s College, and an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. She serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture, and is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). She published her first book on Demography and Religion in India (Oxford University Press, 2002) and has also published articles in a range of journals in economics, demography and development studies. She is writing a book on The Economics of Religion in India and she was awarded a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2014.
Holy wars? Temple desecrations in medieval India
27 Mar 2017
The rise of extremist groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic State, and their destruction of religious relics, have led some to magnify the presence of religious bigotry in Islamic societies. Using a unique, geocoded dataset this column tests two predominant narratives of Hindu temple desecrations in medieval India. It finds that whether a temple was located in a Muslim State had no bearing on the likelihood of its desecration; rather, desecrations were primarily determined by Hindu-Muslim battle outcomes.
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