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Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India

Peter Gottschalk


In Beyond Hindu and Muslim (2000), Peter Gottschalk explored the contexts in which contemporary Indians engage one another through multiple identities, including but not restricted to religious ones. In Religion, Science, and Empire, he investigates historically how Britons and Indians came to characterize the subcontinent as inherently divided into mutually antagonistic religious communities. Not accidentally, the period of British Indian imperial rule coincided with the crystallization of new forms of knowledge that became academic disciplines. Cartography, anthropology, demography, ethnolog ... More

Keywords: religion, science, empire, India, British, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, classification, scientism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Gottschalk, author
Wesleyan University