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Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal

Parna Sengupta


Offering a new approach to the study of religion and empire, this book challenges a widespread myth of modernity—that Western rule has had a secularizing effect on the non-West—by looking closely at missionary schools in Bengal. The book examines the period from 1850 to the 1930s and finds that modern education effectively reinforced the place of religion in colonial India. Debates over the mundane aspects of schooling, rather than debates between religious leaders, transformed the everyday definitions of what it meant to be a Christian, Hindu, or Muslim. Speaking to our own time, the book con ... More

Keywords: secularizing effect, missionary schools, modern education, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Qur'an schools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268296
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Parna Sengupta, author