Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and The Mystic East by Richard KingOrientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and The Mystic East by Richard King

Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and The Mystic East

byRichard KingEditorRichard King

Paperback | August 12, 1999

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Orientalism and Religionoffers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, such as Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, King provides us with a challenging series of reflections on the nature of Religious Studies and Indology.
Richard King teaches Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author ofEarly Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism.
Title:Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and The Mystic EastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.65 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415202582

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Post-colonial cultural theory has had a forceful impact on so many forms of thought. Still, only Orientalism and Religion, by Richard King, offers a discussion of how this new discipline has affected religion, bringing together thinkers such as Edward Said and Michel Foucault. It’s about the need to redefine religion -- in this case, the religions of the East -- along these new lines.

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"Richard King's Orentalism and Religion" is an impressive and truly cross-disciplinary study that tackles head on some of the field's most deeply ingrained yet troublesome presumptions. This book promises to set the terms for future debates on the status, methods and "theories of religion."-Russell McCutcheon, Southwest Missouri State University "An insightful and provocative contribution to recent series of studies that can be best characterized as 'colonial discourse analysis'."-Gerald Larson, Indiana University "This is an important book. The main theme, the 'othering' of the East, is highly significant and original, painstakingly documented, and with major implications for western scholarship."-Grace Jantzen, University of Manchester