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The Quest for Hinduism

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.003.0020
The Quest for Hinduism

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The translation of cultural traditions from one into another is, however, always problematic and the modern Hindu suffers from the strain of a fragmented consciousness. This chapter focuses on this predicament. It argues that since its encounter with Christianity early in the seventeenth century, Hinduism has never been disengaged from the West in the consciousness of ‘modern’ Hindus. Today the challenge that Hinduism faces does not come from an alien religion but from the Western ideals of secularism and modernization.

Keywords: Hindus; cultural traditions; fragmented consciousness; Christianity; secularism; modernization; West

Chapter.  10150 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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