Was Hinduism Invented? : Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Religion - 260 pages
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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.

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1 Introduction
2 The Other Without and the Other Within
3 Scarcely Less Bloody than Lascivious
4 Polymorphic Nature Polytheistic Culture and the Orientalist Imaginaire
5 Constructing Colonial Dharma in Calcutta
Some Concluding Thoughts
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Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College in Tennessee.

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