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Imagining 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.
Sharada Sugirtharajah lectures in Hindu Studies at the University of Birmingham.
1 Defining the Other Postcolonial Criticism as an Interrogative Tool About the Volume Chapter One William Jones: Making Hinduism Safe Biblical Jones Gods of Indian and European Heathens Primitive Monotheism to Biblical Monotheism Hindu Texts Made Secure Hindu Chronology through Biblical Lens Romantic Jones Discovery of Sanskrit literature East and West - Philosophical Affinities Hindu Goddesses and Colonial Enterprise Juridical Jones Oriental and Colonial Pursuits Hindus and their Laws Hindu Laws -Sublime and Ridiculous Justinian Model for Hindu Laws Jones and the Pandits Concluding Remarks Chapter Two Max Mnller: Mobilizing Texts and Managing Hinduism Territorial and Intellectual Conquest The Veda as an Aryan Testament The Veda - Celebrated and Caricatured Fragile Monotheism Restoring, Fixing and Privileging the Veda Sanskrit, Self-definition and Spiritual Kith and Kin Aryan Theory: Implication and Appropriation Aryan Masculinity and Aryan Past Eulogizing Aryan Character Fall from Aryan Glory Comparing Religions: Hinduism in Relation to Christianity Classifying Sacred Texts Redacting the Sacred Books of the East Concluding Remarks Chapter Three William Ward's Virtuous and Vicious Hindus Negating a Tradition Hindu Texts: Corrupted and Corrupting Christian Monotheism and Hindu God and Goddesses Feminized Hinduism and Muscular Christianity Corrupt Hindus Lost in Darkness With No Sense of History, Time or Place Hindu Women as Hapless Victims Concluding Remarks Chapter Four Decrowning Farquhar's Hinduism Classifying the Other Trivializing Texts Hinduism through Western Protestant Lens Hindu 'idolatry' and Christian Monotheism Hindu Indifference and Christian Engagement Hindu Myth, Christian Truth Linear Time, Cyclic Time Christianizing Hinduism Concluding Remarks Chapter Five Courtly Text and Courting Sat Sat as Voluntary Sat as a Positive Construct Textual Warrant: Resurrecting an Eighteenth-Century Sanskrit Text Two Voices Framing SatJulia Leslie and Mary Daly Liberating Texts: Roop Kanwar's Sat from, Srivaisnava and other Textual Practices Liberating Female Texts and Voices Concluding Remarks Conclusion Replicating Orientalist Constructions New Orientalists: Fashioning a Monolith Hinduism Textualizing Hinduism Politicizing Hinduism Reframing Hinduism and forging an Identity.
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