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Imagining Hinduism: A Postcolonial Perspective by Sharada Sugirtharajah

By Sharada Sugirtharajah

Imagining Hinduism examines how Hinduism has been outlined, interpreted and synthetic via Western categorizations, from the overseas interventions of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Orientalists and missionaries, to the current day. Sugirtharajah argues that ever considering early Orientalists 'discovered' the traditional Sanskrit texts and the Hindu 'golden age', the West has nurtured a fancy and ambivalent fascination with Hinduism, starting from romantic admiration to ridicule. whilst, Hindu discourse has drawn upon Orientalist representations with the intention to redefine Hindu identity.
As the 1st complete paintings to deliver postcolonial critique to the examine of Hinduism, this is often crucial examining for these looking a whole knowing of Hinduism.

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