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Religion, Caste, and Nation in South India – Maraimalai Adigal, the Neo-Saivite Movement, and Tamil Nationalism, 1876–1950 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Religion, Caste, and Nation in South India: Maraimalai Adigal, the Neo-Saivite Movement, and Tamil Nationalism, 1876–1950

V. Ravi Vaithees

Abstract

Departing sharply from the principal focus on language and the ‘secular–modern’ in contemporary studies of nationalism, this volume examines the religious roots of nationalism, specifically the religious roots of non-Brahmin Tamil nationalism and the Dravidian movement in India. The book advances the argument that it was the anti-Aryan, anti-Sanskritic imperatives and spirit of the neo-Saivite movement—forged in the context of the rising tide of neo-Vedantic and Vaishnavite revivalist currents as well as the Orientalist discourse privileging the Aryan and the Sanskritic—that came to inform and ... More

Keywords: Tamil nationalism, Dravidian movement, neo-Saivism, Maraimalai Adigal, reinscribing religion, Tamil Nadu, Saiva Siddhanta, Tamil language, Tamil literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199451814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451814.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

V. Ravi Vaithees, author
Associate Professor, Modern South Asian and World History, University of Manitoba