Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism

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Two radically different ideologies are currently competing for the loyalties of the Hindu community. One of these ideologies, Hindu nationalism, conceives of Hinduness as co-extensive with Indianness. The other ideology, which has been articulated by such figures as Sri Ramakrishna and Mahatma Gandhi, repesents Hinduism as the 'eternal' or 'universal' religion. This is an idea of Hinduism that is pluralistic and all-inclusive. Arguing that Hindu nationalism is not only destructive of communal relations, but that ...

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Overview

Two radically different ideologies are currently competing for the loyalties of the Hindu community. One of these ideologies, Hindu nationalism, conceives of Hinduness as co-extensive with Indianness. The other ideology, which has been articulated by such figures as Sri Ramakrishna and Mahatma Gandhi, repesents Hinduism as the 'eternal' or 'universal' religion. This is an idea of Hinduism that is pluralistic and all-inclusive. Arguing that Hindu nationalism is not only destructive of communal relations, but that it also prevents Hinduism from emerging as a world religion in the true sense of the term, the author here explores a reconfigured version of the second of these two ideologies. He presents a vision of Hinduism as a tradition capable of pointing the way towards a future in which all the world's religions manifest complementary visions of a larger reality - and in which they all, in various ways, participate. This radical religious agenda puts a new and exciting perspective on Hindu and South Asian studies alike.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781845112738
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery D. Long is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Jawaharlal University in New Delhi, and specialises in South and East Asian religious and philosophical traditions and comparative issues in the study of religion.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Note on Diacritical Marks and Pronunciation of Sanskrit Terms
• Introduction: Confessions of an Irish American Hindu
• Religious Pluralism and its Possibilities: A Hindu Alternative to Hindu Nationalism
• Hindu Nationalism and Hindu Religious Pluralism: A Brief History
• Hindu and Christian Pluralisms: A History of Mutual Influence
• The Whiteheadian Turban: Process-Based Religious Pluralism
• Jainism as a Pluralistic Resource: Anek›ntav›da and Hindu Religious Pluralism
• Anek›nta Ved›nta: Outline of a Pluralistic Hindu Process Theology
• The Emergence of a Global Hinduism
• End Notes
• Bibliography

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