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Epilogue. The Construction of Hindu and Muslim Identities in Maharashtra

James W. Laine

in Shivaji

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195141269
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141269.003.0007
Epilogue. The Construction of Hindu and Muslim Identities in Maharashtra

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Scholars have been able to put up a vast collection of writings regarding religion, its definitions, and specific religious traditions like “Islam” or “Hinduism.” From a modern perspective wherein India has become politically united, various ancestors from the subcontinent of India are thus considered forerunners of the nation. However, issues arise regarding the use of such terms as “religion”, “Hinduism”, and “Islam” as these may be used in several different ways as using these terms entails varying scope. This book has observed that identity construction is common to the writings on Shivaji from the 17th and 18th centuries, and that the meaning of being Hindu or Muslim depends on one's social location, experience, and interests.

Keywords: Islam; Hindu; religion; varying scope; social location; experience; interests

Chapter.  1961 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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