Vedantic Hinduism in colonial Bengal: western Protestantism and reformed Hinduism

"This book explores the ways in which modern Hindu identities were constructed in the early Nineteenth Century. It draws parallels between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Protestantism and the rise of modernity in the West, and the Hindu reformation in the Nineteenth Century which contributed...

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Main Author: Bijlert, Vittorio A. van
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY Routledge 2021
In:Year: 2021
Series/Journal:Routledge studies in religion
Further subjects:B Hinduism (India) (Bengal) History
B Brahma-samaj (India) (Bengal) History
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Summary:"This book explores the ways in which modern Hindu identities were constructed in the early Nineteenth Century. It draws parallels between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Protestantism and the rise of modernity in the West, and the Hindu reformation in the Nineteenth Century which contributed to the rise of Vedantic Hindu modernity discourse in India. The Nineteenth Century Hindu modernity, it is argued, sought both individual flourishing and collective emancipation from Western domination. For the first time Hinduism began to be constructed as a religion of sacred texts. In particular, texts belonging to what could be loosely called Vedanta: Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. In this way, the main protagonists of this Vedantist modernity were imitating Western Protestantism, but at the same time also inventing totally novel interpretations of what it meant to be Hindu. The book traces the major ideological paths taken in this cultural-religious reformation from its originator Rammohun Roy up to its last major influence, Rabindranath Tagore. Bringing these two versions of modernity into conversation brings a unique view on the formation of modern Hindu identities. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of Religious, Hindu and South Asian Studies, as well as Religious History and Interreligious Dialogue"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:0367485745