Mapping Hinduism
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Sweetman, Will: Mapping Hinduism: "Hinduism" and the study of Indian religions, 1600-1776, Heidelberg ; Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks, 2018 (2003) (Neue Hallesche Berichte, Vol. 4). https://doi.org/10.11588/xabooks.357.498

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Published 16.03.2018.

The book was originally published in 2003 with Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, Halle. ISBN: 3-931479-49-8

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Sweetman, Will

Mapping Hinduism

"Hinduism" and the study of Indian religions, 1600-1776

Neue Hallesche Berichte

The process by which Hinduism came to be constituted as an object of European study is often taken to be the most egregious example of the invention of a religion through the reification of disparate traditions of belief and practice an the projection of theological preconceptions or imperial ambitions. In this work Will Sweetman offers both a theoretical reconsideration of the status of the term Hinduism and an alternative historical account of its emergence in the eighteenth century based on consideration of early Dutch, English, French and German sources, demonstrating that its scope owes more to Indian ideas of religious affiliation as the time of its emergence more to the evolving modern concept of India as a geographical entity than either does to theological preconceptions or imperial ambitions.

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Acknowledgements
Preface: How the Hindus Got Their Religion
1. 'Religion' and the Academic Study of Religion
2. The Critique of 'Hinduism'
3. Indian Religions in Early Seventeenth-Century European Thought
4. Henry Lord's Discovery of the Banians
5. Abraham Roger: 'A Door Open'd to the Knowledge of Occult Paganism'
6. Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg: Malabarian Heathenism
7. Hinduism in the Jesuit Lettres ´edifiantes et curieuses
8. Mapping Hinduism
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Index