Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, And The Colonial Construction Of Religion by Brian K. PenningtonWas Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, And The Colonial Construction Of Religion by Brian K. Pennington

Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, And The Colonial Construction Of Religion

byBrian K. Pennington

Paperback | September 19, 2007

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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 modernconstruction 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 asimage-worship, sati, tolerance, and conversion.
Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College in Tennessee.
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Title:Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, And The Colonial Construction Of ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Was Hinduism Invented? is a timely and cogent reconsideration of Hinduism as a word, a concept and, refreshingly, a reality that became apparent in sharp focus in 19th-century British India. Penningtons command of primary sources combines with alertness to current issues in the study ofreligion to demonstrate why Hinduism, properly understood, sheds new light on how and on what terms India and the West discovered one another, why Hindus and Christians relate as they do today, and how religions are best conceived and studied."--Francis X. Clooney, SJ, author of Divine Mother,Blessed Mother: Hindu Goddesses and the Virgin Mary