Rethinking Hindu Identity: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Rethinking Hindu Identity

1st Edition

By Dwijendra Narayan Jha


224 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781845534608
pub: 2009-04-02
SAVE ~$8.59
Hardback: 9781845534592
pub: 2009-04-02
SAVE ~$33.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315710907
pub: 2014-12-18
from $21.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


Recent years have seen the emergence of a virulent version of Hindu nationalism and fundamentalism in India under the banner of Hindutva. This xenophobic movement has obfuscated and mystified the notion of Hindu identity and reinforced its stereotypes. Its arguments range from the patently unscientific - humankind was created in India, as was the first civilisation - to historical whitewash: Hinduism has continued in one, unchanged form for 5000 years; Hinduism has always been a tolerant faith. 'Rethinking Hindu Identity' offers a corrective based on a deep and detailed reading of Indian history. Written in a riveting style, this study provides a fresh history of Hinduism - its practices, its beliefs, its differences and inconsistencies, and its own myths about itself. Along the way, the book systematically demolishes the arguments of Hindu fundamentalism and nationalism, revealing how the real history of Hinduism is much more complex.

Table of Contents


About the Author

Philip R. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

About the Series

Religion in Culture

Studies in Social Contest and Construction

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General