The Legacy of Vaiṣṇavism in Colonial Bengal

1st Edition

Ferdinando Sardella, Lucian Wong

November 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138561793 - CAT# Y381361
Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series

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This book offers an overview of the Bengali Vaiṣṇava tradition and showcases cutting-edge research on Vaiṣṇavism in its manifold forms—elite and popular, urban and rural—within the pivotal context of colonial Bengal, South Asia.

This book uniquely sheds light on the roles of, and developments within, pre-existing Hindu religious communities (sampradāyas) in the context of the so-called Bengal or Hindu ‘Renaissance’ and a now familiar host of figures and currents of religious ‘reform’ and ‘revival’. Bringing together leading and rising scholars in this nascent field of study from across the disciplines of social and intellectual history, philology, theology, and anthropology, this book both facilitates a more complete picture of Vaiṣṇavism and enriches our understanding of religion in modern South Asia more broadly. Each chapter offers a systematic examination of the tradition within broader critical discourses on Hinduism and collectively exhibit a high degree of thematic cohesiveness.

Unprecedented in both scope and disciplinary breadth, thereby making a major contribution to a burgeoning field of Bengali Vaiṣṇava studies, this book will be of interest to scholars of modern Hinduism, Religion and colonial South Asian social and intellectual history.

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