This project explores religious pluralism in the societies of the Indian Ocean basin. It will center on the metropolis of Hyderabad in South India. The study will document how Hyderabadis go on pilgrimage journeys (from a variety of sectarian allegiances within local Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain and Christian communities), within the city, the South India region, and beyond national borders from the Arabian Gulf countries of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Drawing from the theoretical work of Victor Turner, the study will inquire how they "translate" the religious values embodied in pilgrimage into civic values in more routine modes of life. It will examine whether the Indian model of "secularism" works in an urban space or a regional state, even as it faces set-backs at a national level.