Imagined Religious Communities? Ancient History and the Modern Search for a Hindu Identity

  title={Imagined Religious Communities? Ancient History and the Modern Search for a Hindu Identity},
  author={Romila Thapar},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={209 - 231}
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