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Title The Brahmo Samaj and the Shaping of the Modern Indian Mind / David Kopf
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2015]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Tables. List of Illustrations -- Abbreviations -- Preface -- Chronology -- 1. Unitarian Social Gospel and the Foundations of Hindu Modernism -- 2. The Deification of Science, Humanity, and Reason: Brahmo Secularism -- 3. Identity, Achievement, Conscience: The Human Development of the Bhadralok Reformer -- 4. Family, Faction, and the Dilemmas of Political Reform under Colonialism -- 5. The Confrontation between Trinitarian Christianity and Reformed Hinduism -- 6. The Issue of Brahmo National Identity and the Rise of Cultural Nationalism -- 7. The Frustration of the Bhadralok and the Making of a Revolutionary Nationalist: The West Desanctified -- 8. Western-Inspired Brahmo Evangelism and the Vaishnav Spirit in the Mofussil -- 9. World Crisis and the Quest for an Ideology of Salvation: Keshub, Prophet of Harmony -- 10. Rabindranath Tagore as Reformer: Hindu Brahmoism and Universal Humanism -- 11. The Brahmo Reformation Diffused: Bengal's Legacy to Twentieth-Century India -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary As the forerunners of Indian modernization, the community of Bengali intellectuals known as the Brahmo Samaj played a crucial role in the genesis and development of every major religious, social, and political movement in India from 1820 to 1930. David Kopf launches a comprehensive generation- to-generation study of this group in order to understand the ideological foundations of the modern Indian mind. His book constitutes not only a biographical and a sociological study of the Brahmo Samaj, but also an intellectual history of modern India that ranges from the Unitarian social gospel of Rammohun Roy to Rabindranath Tagore's universal humanism and Jessie Bose's scientism. From a variety of biographical sources, many of them in Bengali and never before used in research, the author makes available much valuable information. In his analysis of the interplay between the ideas, the consciousness, and the lives of these early rebels against the Hindu tradition, Professor Kopf reveals the subtle and intricate problems and issues that gradually shaped contemporary Indian consciousness. What emerges from this group portrait is a legacy of innovation and reform that introduced a rationalist tradition of thought, liberal political consciousness, and Indian nationalism, in addition to changing theology and ritual, marriage laws and customs, and the status of women. Originally published in 1979. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Notes In English
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Subject Brahma-samaj.
Intellectuals -- India -- Bengal.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400869897
9781400869893