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The Life of Hinduism$
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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 with Others

• Hinduism with Others


(p.288) 20 • Hinduism with Others
The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on a process of “interlogues”—the constructive engagement of people who are and are not Hindu as they attempt to understand what Hinduism is and has been—and picks up on what Mahatma Gandhi called satyagraha: an open-ended struggle to grasp the truth—. Satyagraha soon reveals that the categories “Hindu” and “non-Hindu” are far from being the binary, opposite entities some people to believe them to be. The chapter then explores the many ways that processes of mutual engagement play themselves out in today's religiously plural world.

Keywords:   Hinduism, Mahatma Gandhi, satyagraha, mutual engagement, religious pluralism

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