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By Brian K. Pennington

Drawing on a wide physique of formerly untapped literature, together with records from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington bargains a desirable portrait of the method through which "Hinduism" got here into being. He argues opposed to the typical concept that the fashionable building of faith in colonial India used to be easily a fabrication of Western Orientalists and missionaries. fairly, he says, it concerned the lively business enterprise and engagement of Indian authors besides, who interacted, argued, and replied to British authors over key spiritual concerns reminiscent of image-worship, sati, tolerance, and conversion.

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