Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal

By: Parna Sengupta

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Offering a new approach to the study of religion and empire, this innovative book challenges a widespread myth of modernity—that Western rule has had a secularizing effect on the non-West. Sengupta reveals instead the paradox that the pursuit and adaptation of modern vernacular education, mainly imported to the colonies by Protestant missionaries, opened up new ways for Indians to reformulate ideas of community along religious lines. Debates over the mundane aspects of schooling, rather than debates between religious leaders, transformed the everyday definitions of what it meant to be a Christian, Hindu, or Muslim.Thus instruction in science also became a means to instruct the Indian child about the primacy of reason and rationality over superstition. Modern education, Pedagogy for Religion argues, did not secularize religious traditions in India as much as it reformulated definitions of religion and religious community as a part of a larger global process.Printed Pages: 224.

Title: Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal

Author Name: Parna Sengupta

Categories: India, Psychology, Education,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2012

ISBN: 8125045058

ISBN 13: 9788125045052

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101831

Keywords: Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal Parna Sengupta