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Taking the High Seat: Religious Authority and the <i>Karmayoga</i> of Education at BHU

Leah Renold

in A Hindu Education

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195674835
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674835.003.0005
Taking the High Seat: Religious Authority and the Karmayoga of Education at BHU

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This chapter focuses on Pandit Malaviya's efforts to make religion apowerful tool in education. It discusses dominance of Brahmans at the university, as well as the opposition to their authority. It looks at the eventual loosening of the rules on required religious education, and reveals that the BHU's founders intended to use religion as a powerful tool. It also examines the ideas of the ‘Hindu Renaissance’, the challenges posed by setting up Hinduism within a University, and the search for a textbook for instruction on the Hindu religion. Finally, the chapter looks at the religious interpretation of western knowledge and Malaviya's definition of the university teaching profession as Karmayoga.

Keywords: religious education; Brahmans; Hindu Renaissance; religious interpretation; western knowledge; Karmayoga

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