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Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India

James W. Laine


Shivaji was a noble and virtuous hero from 17th-century western India. His legend is well known and has been retold, in several different versions, as it serves as an important part of Hindu nationalist ideology. His legend expresses deeply held convictions about what Hinduism is, and how it is opposed to Islam. Through presenting specific points about the similarities of themes and the contexts in which this legend has been set, this book traces the origin and development of the Shivaji legend, examining its meaning for those who have composed and read it, and paints a complex picture of the ... More

Keywords: Shivaji, India, Hinduism, Hindu nationalist ideology, Shivaji legend, Hindu-Muslim relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195141269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Laine, author
Macalester College