Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, by Mathew N. Schmalz

By Mathew N. Schmalz

Looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from precolonial to modern times.

concentrating on obstacles, appropriations, and resistances concerned about Western engagements with South Asian religions, this quantity considers either the pre- and postcolonial interval in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It can pay specific awareness to modern controversies surrounding the research of South Asian religions, together with numerous students’ reflections at the contentious response to their very own paintings. different matters explored contain British colonial epistemologies, Hegel’s examine of South Asia, Hindu-Christian interactions in charismatic Catholicism and the canonization of Francis Xavier, feminist interpretations of the mummy of the Buddha, and theological controversies between Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. through the use of the subjects of barriers, appropriations, and resistances, this paintings deals perception into the dynamics and variety of Western techniques to South Asian religions and the indigenous responses to, involvements with, and affects on them.

Show description

Read or Download Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY Series in Hindu Studies) PDF

Similar hinduism books

An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramārthasāra of Abhinavagupta with the Commentary of Yogarāja (1st Edition)

Writer word: Translated through Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish 12 months be aware: First released February 1st 2013
------------------------

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise within which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a remarkable exponent, particularly nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 rules: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra is not just that it serves as an creation to the tested doctrine of a convention, but additionally advances the idea of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle topic. extra, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet every now and then tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the obvious experience, specifically esoteric strategies and practices which are on the middle of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these numerous degrees of which means. An advent to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a significantly revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This publication might be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric reports and Philosophy.

Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Quite a few the most important and nonetheless such a lot suitable rules approximately nothingness or vacancy have received profound philosophical prominence within the historical past and improvement of a few South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the japanese Kyoto institution.

The Early Upanishads: Annotated Text and Translation

This is often the whole version of the early Upanisads, the primary scriptures of Hinduism. that includes Patrick Olivelle's acclaimed new English translation (Oxford, 1996), additionally it is the full Sanskrit textual content, in addition to version readings, scholarly emendations, and causes of Olivelle's offerings of specific readings.

The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition

This publication explores the increase of the good Goddess through targeting the advance of saakti (creative energy), maya (objective illusion), and prakr(materiality) from Vedic instances to the overdue Puranic interval, clarifying how those rules turned significant to her theology. "I like greatly the best way Pintchman conscientiously establishes the interrelationships among saakti, maya, and prakrti ideas that may no longer before everything seem to be heavily attached.

Additional info for Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances (SUNY Series in Hindu Studies)

Sample text

Yet, the interaction of disciplines with one another, their mutual reinforcement of the scientific method, and their reliance on the data collected by each other would deepen the sense of the legitimation of the social categories upon which they relied. The census would be expanded to satisfy the demands of this growing matrix of knowledge, increasing the categories for social statistical analysis even as they reinscribed the oldest of them: religion. CONCLUSION: THE MATRIX OF EPISTEMOLOGIES The developments since the census of 1872 demonstrates the slow evolution of this epistemic regime that promoted the interrelation of a variety of intellectual disciplines such as demographics, linguistics, ethnology, and archaeology.

C. 1923. Census of India, 1921. Vol. VII: Bihar and Orissa; Part I: Report. Patna, India: Superintendent, Government Printing, Bihar and Orissa. S. Macdonald. 1910. India. In Our Church’s Work in Bengal. Edinburgh, UK: Oliphant, Anderson & Co. van der Veer, Peter. 2001. Imperial Encounters: Religion and Modernity in India and Britain. : Princeton University Press. This page intentionally left blank. 2 T HE R EPETITION OF PAST I MPERIALISMS Hegel, Historical Difference, and the Theorization of Indic Religions* ARVIND MANDAIR EXHUMING HEGEL IN LIGHT OF THE “RETURN OF RELIGION”: THE CULTURAL BIAS OF THEORY W hy is it that despite the recent proliferation of postcolonial critiques of Indology, its modern successors such as the history of religions and area studies— disciplines that are supposedly more open to the challenges of diversity and the particular—continue to reconstitute past imperialisms, such as the hegemony of theory, as specifically Western and/or the division of intellectual labor between universal and particular knowledge formations?

Notwithstanding the numerous recent exorcisms of Hegel, this chapter argues for a re-examination of Hegel’s texts on India and Indian religion, specifically his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion (LPR). For it is this volume, rather than the more widely read LPH, that not only anticipates the emergence of the concept of area studies or formations such as South Asian religions but also provides the conceptual matrix which keeps these disciplines safely protected from theoretical movements in religious studies.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.29 of 5 – based on 28 votes