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The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism

Torkel Brekke


In this volume, experts on modern Hinduism have been asked to write chapters that present findings and perspectives from their own research to a wide audience of readers with interest in the fascinating processes of transformation arising from the interaction between the cultural and religious life of Hindus and the great forces that we call ‘modernity’. No single volume can come close to capturing the totality of modern Hinduism, and the editor has made choices limiting the focus to three broad topics of particular importance. First, there are chapters about the historical emergence of modern ... More

Keywords: modernity, standardization, the concept of Hinduism, Arya Samaj, Sanatana Dharma

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torkel Brekke, editor
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo

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Part 1 Early Hindu Reformers and Reform Movements

Part 2 Expressions and Locations of Modern Hinduism

5 Mūrti, Idol, Art, and Commodity

Tanisha Ramachandran

8 Hinduism and New Age

Kathinka Frøystad

9 Online Hinduism

Heinz Scheifinger

Part 3 Politics, Ethics, and Law

12 Caste and Contemporary Hindu Society

Divya Vaid and Ankur Datta

15 Hinduism in the Secular Republic of Nepal

David N. Gellner and Chiara Letizia

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