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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• Hinduism for Hindus

• Hinduism for Hindus

Taking Back Hindu Studies

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

A kind of targeting has also become prominent recently—in relation not to the practice of Hinduism, but to its study. This chapter, which notes that the critics tend to be Hindus living in the Western diaspora who criticize non-Hindu academics and media persons who discuss, analyze, and teach Hinduism, calls on the Hindu community to join in the task of “taking back Hindu studies.” Have foreigners distorted the meaning of Hinduism? What about Hindu scholars who work with foreigners and have been trained in non-Hindu institutions? What can Hindus do to reverse the tide? This chapter explores such questions.

Keywords:   Hindu studies, Western diaspora, Hinduism, non-Hindu academics

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