Author: Arvind SharmaPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2003342003Language: EnglishPages: 134ISBN/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.
AcknowledgementsHistory of the Notion that Hinduism Has No Sense of HistoryImplications of such a Views for Indian StudiesHindu Responses to the View that Hindus Have No Sense of HistoryDoes Hinduism Lack a Sense of History?Thesis Re-examinedIndex