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

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Psychology Press, 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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Contents

a genealogy of the idea of the mystical
7
Disciplining religion
35
Sacred texts hermeneutics and world religions
62
Orientalism and Indian religions
82
The modern myth of Hinduism
96
Yedanta and the politics of representation
118
Orientalism and the discovery ofBuddhism
143
Indian religion and the study
161
Beyond Orientalism? Religion and comparativism in
187
Notes
219
Bibliography
259
Index 111
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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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