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

 
 
 
 
Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion
Author: Brian K. Pennington
ISBN 13: 9780195326000
ISBN 10: 195326008
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
List Price: $36.95
 
 

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.