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Does Hinduism Lack a Sense of History? Thesis Re-examined

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Its Sense of History

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195665314
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665314.003.0004
Does Hinduism Lack a Sense of History? Thesis Re-examined

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The preceding chapters were devoted to a consideration of the emergence of the view that the Hindus lacked a sense of history, its influence on Indian Studies, and the responses it evoked. This chapter now asks whether the proposition itself—independent of its origin, influence, and the response it has provoked—is valid or not. It argues that if one is looking for evidence to judge the presence or absence of historical sense among the Hindus, then the place to look for it are the epigraphic records left by the rulers. Stones and not parchment seems to have the medium of choice in ancient India. The two inscriptions examined are the Junagadh Inscription of Rudradāman (c. 150 AD) and the Allahabad Pillar Inscription of Samudragupta (c. 350 AD).

Keywords: Hindus; historical sense; Hinduism; epigraphs; Hindu culture

Chapter.  21803 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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