By Mathew N. Schmalz,Peter Gottschalk

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

Focusing on barriers, appropriations, and resistances thinking about Western engagements with South Asian religions, this edited quantity considers either the pre- and postcolonial interval in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It can pay specific consciousness to modern controversies surrounding the examine of South Asian religions, together with a number of students’ mirrored image at the contentious response to their very own paintings. different chapters think of such concerns as British colonial epistemologies, the relevance of Hegel for the learn of South Asia, the canonization of Francis Xavier, feminist interpretations of the mum of the Buddha, and theological dispute between Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan. by utilizing the topics of barriers, appropriations and resistances, this paintings deals perception into the dynamics and variety of Western methods to South Asian religions, and the indigenous responses to them, that avoids easy active/passive binaries.

Mathew N. Schmalz is affiliate Professor of spiritual reports on the university of the Holy go. along with writing usually as a panelist for the Newsweek/Washington put up “On religion” site, he has released in quite a few books and journals, together with The heritage of faith, The magazine of non secular reports, and technique & conception within the research of Religion.

Peter Gottschalk is Professor of faith at Wesleyan college. he's the writer of past Hindu and Muslim: a number of id in Narratives from Village India and coauthor (with Gabriel Greenberg) of Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy.

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