Orientalism And Religion / Edition 1by Richard King
Pub. Date: 04/15/1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are/i>
Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, including Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, Richard
King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted, and shows us how religion needs to be redescribed along the lines of cultural studies.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: Changing the Subject
1. The Power of Definitions: A Genealogy of the "Mystical"
2. Disciplining Religion
3. Sacred Texts, Hermeneutics and World Religions
4. Orientalism and Indian Religions
5. The Modern
Myth of "Hinduism"
6. "Mystic Hinduism": Vedanta and the Politics of Representation
7. Orientalism and the Discovery of "Buddhism"
8. The Politics of Privatization: Indian Religion and the Study of Mysticism
9. Beyond Orientalism? Religion and
Comparativism in a Post-Colonial Era
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