Public Engagement and Personal Desires: BAPS Swaminarayan Temples and their Contribution to the Discourses on Religion

@article{Kim2009PublicEA,
  title={Public Engagement and Personal Desires: BAPS Swaminarayan Temples and their Contribution to the Discourses on Religion},
  author={Hanna H. Kim},
  journal={International Journal of Hindu Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={13},
  pages={357-390}
}
  • Hanna H. Kim
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Hindu Studies
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