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In Hindu Pluralism, Elaine M. Fisher complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of precolonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. This work provides a critical resource for understanding how Hinduism developed in the early modern period, a crucial era that set the tenor for religion's role in public life in India through the present day.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Hindu Sectarianism: Difference in Unity
  2. pp. 31-56
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  1. 2. “Just Like Kālidāsa”: The Making of the Smārta-Śaiva Community of South India
  2. pp. 57-98
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  1. 3. Public Philology: Constructing Sectarian Identities in Early Modern South India
  2. pp. 99-136
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  1. 4. The Language Games of Śiva: Mapping Text and Space in Public Religious Culture
  2. pp. 137-182
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  1. Conclusion: A Prehistory of Hindu Pluralism
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 195-201
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-250
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-285
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520966291
Related ISBN
9780520293014
MARC Record
OCLC
1085399755
Pages
262
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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