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• Hinduism for Hindus

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0020
• Hinduism for Hindus

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A kind of targeting has also become prominent recently—in relation not to the practice of Hinduism, but to its study. This chapter, which notes that the critics tend to be Hindus living in the Western diaspora who criticize non-Hindu academics and media persons who discuss, analyze, and teach Hinduism, calls on the Hindu community to join in the task of “taking back Hindu studies.” Have foreigners distorted the meaning of Hinduism? What about Hindu scholars who work with foreigners and have been trained in non-Hindu institutions? What can Hindus do to reverse the tide? This chapter explores such questions.

Keywords: Hindu studies; Western diaspora; Hinduism; non-Hindu academics

Chapter.  6338 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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