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Author Oddie, Geoffrey A., 1932-

Title Imagined Hinduism : British Protestant missionary constructions of Hinduism, 1793-1900 / Geoffrey A. Oddie
Published New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (374 pages) : illustrations
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Hinduism in travel and missionary accounts, 1600-1800 -- 2. Hinduism as represented by Protestant friends of mission in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries -- 3. Orientalist models and missionary scholarship -- 4. Hinduism in missionary educaiton and training -- 5. emergence of a dominant paradigm -- William Carey : a pioneer's journey of exploration -- William Ward's History -- 6. guardians -- consolidating the paradigm : Duff, Mundy and others -- 7. Hinduism in missionary society periodical literature -- 8. changing context : some general developments affecting missionary perceptions of Hinduism, 1850-1900 -- 9. Critics and commentators on the dominant view, 1850-1900 -- 10. Empathy or otherness? : changing evaluations of Hinduism in the nineteenth century
Summary This important book explores the emergence and subsequent refinement of the idea of Hinduism as it developed among British Protestant missionaries in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The author demonstrates how the missionaries' construction of Hinduism grew out of their own roots in post-Enlightenment Europe, their Christian conception of religion, the colonial reality of India, and their need to 'know the enemy' in order to spread Christianity more effectively. Drawing upon missionary writings, Geoffrey Oddie shows how the early view of Hinduism as pagan or heathen settled into
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-364) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Hinduism -- Relations -- Protestant churches
Missions, British -- India -- History -- 18th century.
Missions, British -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Protestant churches -- Relations -- Hinduism
Protestants -- India -- History -- 18th century.
Protestants -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1283422166
813210921X (electronic bk.)
9788132109211 (electronic bk.)