A Postcolonial Perspective
By (author) Sharada Sugirtharajah
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Imagining Hinduism by Sharada Sugirtharajah
Book DescriptionImagining Hinduism examines how Hinduism has been defined, interpreted and manufactured through Western categorizations, from the foreign interventions of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Orientalists and missionaries, to the present day. Sugirtharajah argues that ever since early Orientalists 'discovered' the ancient Sanskrit texts and the Hindu 'golden age', the West has nurtured a complex and ambivalent fascination with Hinduism, ranging from romantic admiration to ridicule. At the same time, Hindu discourse has drawn upon Orientalist representations in order to redefine Hindu identity. As the first comprehensive work to bring postcolonial critique to the study of Hinduism, this is essential reading for those seeking a full understanding of Hinduism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415257435
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Imagining Hinduism is an indispensable guide to an immensely significant new understanding of the Hindu faith - that it exists largely as a construct of the Western imagination.
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Author Biography - Sharada Sugirtharajah
Sharada Sugirtharajah lectures in Hindu Studies at the University of Birmingham.
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