Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India and 'the Mystic East'

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Routledge, 1999 - Religion - 283 pages
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Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, such as Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, King provides us with a challenging series of reflections on the nature of Religious Studies and Indology.

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User Review  - Josh Tatum - Goodreads

The insights themselves are very interesting, but the book is very dense and, for me, boring. I am glad I read it, but I must say I did not enjoy reading it. Read full review

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Richard King teaches Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Early Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism.

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