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Introduction

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0001
Introduction

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The Introduction provides an overview of the structure and arguments of the book. On the basis of a brief description of the Indian rationalist movement and the relevance of the work of Ulrich Berner, Charles Taylor, Max Weber and various post-colonial scholars, the introduction highlights the ways in which Disenchanting India makes an important empirical as well as theoretical contribution to a field of study that has widely been neglected: the spectrum of non-religiosity and unbelief in India, from religious indifferences to outright criticism of religion(s).

Keywords: disenchantment; Ulrich Berner; Charles Taylor; Max Weber; criticism of religion; post-colonial studies; non-religiosity; unbelief; India

Chapter.  1833 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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