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

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

by Brian K. Pennington
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195326008

ISBN-13: 9780195326000

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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:
9780195326000
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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