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Mapping Hinduism. 'Hinduism' and the study of Indian religions

Will Sweetman

Cover 4 Halle, 2003, 187 Seiten, br.
Neue Hallesche Berichte. Bd. 4
ISBN 978-3-447-06317-3
9,80 EUR

The process by which Hinduism came to be constituted as an object of European study is often taken to be the most egregious example of the invention of a religion through the reification of disparate traditions of belief and practice and the projection of theological preconceptions or imperial ambitions. In this work Will Sweetman offers both a theoretical reconsideration of the status of the term Hinduism and an alternative historical account of its emergence in the eighteenth century based on consideration of early Dutch, English, French and German sources, demonstrating that its scope owes more to Indian ideas of religious affiliation and the time of its emergence more to the evolving modern concept of India as a geographical entity than either does to theological preconceptions or imperial ambitions.

The Author:
Will Sweetman studied philosophy, religious studies and theology at the Universities of Lancaster and Cambridge. Since 2000 he has been Lecturer in Hindu and Buddhist Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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