Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories

By: Vasudha Dalmia

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In her Introduction to this book—which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history—Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands. Professor Dalmia’s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max Müller’s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. Müller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear. Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‘nari’; and at the history of modern Hindi literature. Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women’s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.Printed Pages: 374.

Title: Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories

Author Name: Vasudha Dalmia

Categories: India, Religion, History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black: 2015

ISBN: 8178243997

ISBN 13: 9788178243993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 14 x 22 Cm

Seller ID: 102277

Keywords: Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories Vasudha Dalmia