Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion / Edition 1

Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion / Edition 1

by Brian K. Pennington
     
 

Drawing on a large body of previously untapped literature, including documents from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington offers a fascinating portrait of the process by which "Hinduism" came into being. He argues against the common idea that the modern construction of religion in colonial India was simply a fabrication of

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Drawing on a large body of previously untapped literature, including documents from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington offers a fascinating portrait of the process by which "Hinduism" came into being. He argues against the common idea that the modern construction of religion in colonial India was simply a fabrication of Western Orientalists and missionaries. Rather, he says, it involved the active agency and engagement of Indian authors as well, who interacted, argued, and responded to British authors over key religious issues such as image-worship, sati, tolerance, and conversion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195166552
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College in Tennessee.

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2The other without and the other within23
3"Scarcely less bloody than lascivious"59
4Polymorphic nature, polytheistic culture, and the orientalist imaginaire101
5Constructing colonial dharma in Calcutta139
6Colonial legacies : some concluding thoughts167

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