Hinduism in Public and Private Reform, Hindutva, Gender, and Sampraday

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This volume investigates the nature of nationalism and modernization embraced by the nineteenth and twentieth-century religious reform movements and their relationship with contemporary Hindutva. The essays critically analyse the influence of key personalities—Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Dayanand Saraswati—on the emergence of ideas that later came to be known as Hindutva. This book will interest students, scholars, political analysts, sociologists, historians, and the informed non-specialist reader of South Asian...

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Overview

This volume investigates the nature of nationalism and modernization embraced by the nineteenth and twentieth-century religious reform movements and their relationship with contemporary Hindutva. The essays critically analyse the influence of key personalities—Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Dayanand Saraswati—on the emergence of ideas that later came to be known as Hindutva. This book will interest students, scholars, political analysts, sociologists, historians, and the informed non-specialist reader of South Asian religion, culture, and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198062820
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/11/2009
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Copley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Debating Indian Nationalism and Hindu Religious Belief

Part I: Varieties of Nationalism Saffron and Seva: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Appropriation of Swami Vivekananda
'The Centre of the Religious Life of the World': Spiritual Universalism and Cultural Nationalism in the Work of Sri Aurobindo Secularising the Sacred Cow: The Relationship between Religious Reform and Hindu Nationalism Inventing a National Past: The Case of Ramdev's Bharatvars ka itihas (1910-1914)

Part II: Public and Private Spheres
'The Hindu Woman's Right to Samnyasa'
Religious Movements and the Gender Question: The Sri Sarada Math and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Remembering the Tradition: Bhaktivinoda Thakura's 'Sajjanatosani' and the Construction of a Middle Class Vaisnava Sampradaya in Nineteenth Century Bengal Mahima Dharma Ascetics: A Case Study on Popular Asceticism and its Patronage Structure in Rural Orissa Bhima Bhoi: The Making of a Modern Saint The Seva Ethic and the Spirit of Institution Building in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission

Bibliography

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