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Author King, Richard, 1966-
Title Orientalism and religion : postcolonial theory, India and 'the mystic East' / Richard King.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.

Author King, Richard, 1966-
Subject Religions -- Study and teaching.
Philosophy, Indic -- Study and teaching.
India -- Religion -- Study and teaching.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 283 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-276) and index.
Contents The power of definitions: a genealogy of the idea of 'the mystical' -- Disciplining religion -- Sacred texts, hermeneutics and world religions -- Orientalism and Indian religions -- The modern myth of 'Hinduism' -- 'Mystic Hinduism': Vedanta and the politics of representation -- Orientalism and the discovery of 'Buddhism' -- The politics of privatization: Indian religion and the study of mysticism -- Beyond orientalism? Religion and comparativism in a postcolonial era.
Note Print version record.
Summary Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, such as Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, King provides us with a challenging series of reflections on the nature of Religious Studies and Indology.
ISBN 0203158547 (electronic bk.)
9780203158548 (electronic bk.)
0203006089 (electronic bk.)
9780203006085 (electronic bk.)
9781134632350 (electronic bk.)
1134632355 (electronic bk.)
0415202574 (hardcover)
9780415202572 (hardcover)
0415202582 (pbk.)
9780415202589 (pbk.)
OCLC # 48138849
Additional Format Print version: King, Richard, 1966- Orientalism and religion. London ; New York : Routledge, 1999 0415202574 (DLC) 98046343 (OCoLC)39981851

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