Orientalism and the Modern Myth of "Hinduism"

  title={Orientalism and the Modern Myth of "Hinduism"},
  author={R. King},
  • R. King
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Numen
  • Is there really a single ancient religion designated by the catch-all term 'Hinduism' or is the term merely a fairly recent social construction of Western origin? This paper examines the role played by Orientalist scholars in the construction of Western notions of Indian religion by an examination of the origins of the concept of 'Hinduism'. It is argued that the notion of 'Hinduism' as a single world religion is a nineteenth century construction, largely dependent upon the Christian… CONTINUE READING
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