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Keshab: Bengal's Forgotten Prophet

John Stevens


Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-84) was one of the most powerful and controversial figures in nineteenth-century Bengal. A religious leader and social reformer, his universalist interpretation of Hinduism found mass appeal in India, and generated considerable interest in Britain. His ideas on British imperial rule, religion and spirituality, global history, universalism and modernity were all influential, and his visit to England made him a celebrity. Many Britons regarded him as a prophet of world-historical significance. Keshab was the subject of extreme adulation and vehement criticism. Accounts t ... More

Keywords: Keshab Chandra Sen, Nineteenth-century Bengal, British imperial rule, Prophet, Avatar, Hinduism, Christianity, Religious history of empire, Intercultural dialogue, Religious syncretism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190901752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Stevens, author
SOAS, University of London