MODERN HINDUISM AND THE GENEALOGIES OF SELF-RULE

By: J. Barton Scott

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Historians of religion have examined at length the Protestant Reformat on and the liberal idea of the self-governing individual that arose from it. In Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule, J. Barton Scott reveals an unexamined piece of this story: how Protestant technologies of asceticism became entangled with Hindu spiritual practices to create an ideal of the ëself-ruling subjectí crucial to both nineteenth-century reform culture and early twentieth-century anti-colonialism in India. Scott uses the quaint term ëpriestcraftí to track anticlerical polemics that vilified religious hierarchy, celebrated the individual, and endeavoured to reform human subjects by freeing them from external religious influence. By drawing on English, Hindi, and Gujarati reformist writings, Scott provides a panoramic view of precisely how the spectre of the crafty priest transformed religion and politics in India. Through this alternative genealogy of the self-ruling subject, Scott demonstrates that Hindu reform movements cannot be understood solely within the precolonial tradition, but rather need to be read alongside other movements of their period. The bookís focus moves fluidly between Britain and Indiaóengaging thinkers such as James Mill, Keshub Chunder Sen, Max Weber, Karsandas Mulji, Helena Blavatsky, M.K. Gandhi, and othersóto show how colonial Hinduism shaped major modern discourses about the self. Throughout, Scott sheds much-needed light on how the rhetoric of priestcraft and practices of worldly asceticism played a crucial role in creating a new moral and political order for twentieth-century India and demonstrates the importance of viewing the emergence of secularism through the colonial encounter.Printed Pages: 280.

Title: MODERN HINDUISM AND THE GENEALOGIES OF SELF-RULE

Author Name: J. Barton Scott

Categories: India, Hinduism,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2017

ISBN: 9789386552693

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701452

Keywords: MODERN HINDUISM AND THE GENEALOGIES OF SELF-RULE J. Barton Scott