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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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The Toleration of Intolerance in Hinduism 1

The Toleration of Intolerance in Hinduism 1

(p.126) The Toleration of Intolerance in Hinduism1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines tolerance in Hinduism and whether there is any basis for it in the intellectual history of India. It argues that the concept of tolerance in the positive sense is a product of the Western Enlightenment. It also considers two kinds of pluralism: sociological and intellectual. Furthermore, it looks at what the Rig Veda says about pluralism and polytheism, along with Hindu cosmogonies and Vedantic monism, hierarchy and intolerance, and the interconnectedness between tolerance and nonviolence.

Keywords:   tolerance, Hinduism, intellectual history, India, pluralism, Rig Veda, monism, hierarchy, intolerance, nonviolence

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