Who Invented Hinduism?

@article{Lorenzen1999WhoIH,
  title={Who Invented Hinduism?},
  author={David N. Lorenzen},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={1999},
  volume={41},
  pages={630 - 659}
}
  • D. Lorenzen
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Over the past decade, many scholars have put forward the claim that Hinduism was constructed, invented, or imagined by British scholars and colonial administrators in the nineteenth century and did not exist, in any meaningful sense, before this date.I thank many scholars for their comments on this and earlier versions of this essay, particularly Saurabh Dube and Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Prominent among scholars who have made this constructionist argument, if I can call it that, are Vasudha… 
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