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Hinduism & Its Sense of History
Hinduism & Its Sense of History

Hinduism & Its Sense of History

by Arvind Sharma

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Oxford University Press


0195665317 - Year: 2003342003 - Pages: 134



Arvind Sharma

Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003342003
Language: English
Pages: 134
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195665317


It is virtually an axiom in the study of Hindu religion and culture that the Hindus lived in a mythic universe and lacked a sense of history. In this book, Arvind Sharma draws on a wide array of primary and secondary sources to examine this proposition in detail.

The book begins by considering the emergence of the axiom itself, and goes on to explore the pervasive role this axiom has played in virtually all fields of Indian studies. The author then catalogues and examines the various responses this alleged absence of a historical sense on the part of the Hindus has evoked. He concludes, however, that despite its pervasiveness, the assumption cannot be sustained in the light of historical evidence, and contends that the proposition that the Hindus lacked a sense of history is misleading in the extreme and should be abandoned.

Convincingly argued, eminently readable, and bearing Sharma’s signature style, this compact study will attract scholars and students of Indian religions, comparative religion, Indian history, and Indic civilization, as well as general readers interested in Hinduism.



History of the Notion that Hinduism Has No Sense of History

Implications of such a Views for Indian Studies

Hindu Responses to the View that Hindus Have No Sense of History

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


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