Questioning authority: Constructions and deconstructions of Hinduism

  title={Questioning authority: Constructions and deconstructions of Hinduism},
  author={Brian Keith Smith},
  journal={International Journal of Hindu Studies},
  • B. Smith
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Education
  • International Journal of Hindu Studies
The title of my essay is taken from a well-known bumper sticker, spotted on vehicles throughout North America. The sentiment expressed is one that I find admirable, although it is practiced by most of us mainly in the breach. As scholars, however, questioning authority is one of the principal features of our professional enterprise; and for those of us who are scholars of religion, it is, in my opinion, the sine qua non of the discipline, t First and foremost, it is necessary for each… 

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