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

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

by Antony Copley


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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)

About the Author

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

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


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