Orientalism And Religion / Edition 1

Orientalism And Religion / Edition 1

by Richard King
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415202582

ISBN-13: 9780415202589

Pub. Date: 04/15/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a

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Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, such as Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, King provides us with a challenging series of reflections on the nature of Religious Studies and Indology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415202589
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,306,430
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: changing the subject1
1The power of definitions: a genealogy of the idea of 'the mystical'7
2Disciplining religion35
3Sacred texts, hermeneutics and world religions62
4Orientalism and Indian religions82
5The modern myth of 'Hinduism'96
6'Mystic Hinduism': Vedanta and the politics of representation118
7Orientalism and the discovery of 'Buddhism'143
8The politics of privatization: Indian religion and the study of mysticism161
9Beyond Orientalism? Religion and comparativism in a postcolonial era187
Notes219
Bibliography259
Index277

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