Sacred Symbol as Mobilizing Ideology: The North Indian Search for a“Hindu” community

  title={Sacred Symbol as Mobilizing Ideology: The North Indian Search for a“Hindu” community},
  author={Sandria B. Freitag},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={597 - 625}
  • Sandria B. Freitag
  • Published 1 October 1980
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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