Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India by Elaine M. FisherHindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India by Elaine M. Fisher

Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India

byElaine M. Fisher

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InHindu Pluralism, Elaine M. Fisher complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism, Fisher's work excavates the pluralistic textures of precolonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. This work provides a critical resource for understanding how Hinduism developed in the early modern period, a crucial era that set the tenor for religion's role in public life in India through the present day.
Elaine M. Fisheris a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Mysore. Starting in the fall of 2017 she will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University.
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Title:Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:February 24, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520293010

ISBN - 13:9780520293014

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Hindu Sectarianism: Difference in Unity
2. “Just Like Kalidasa: The Making of the Smarta-Saiva Community of South India
3. Public Philology: Constructing Sectarian Identities in Early Modern South India
4. The Language Games of Siva: Mapping Text and Space in Public Religious Culture
Conclusion: A Prehistory of Hindu Pluralism

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index