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Hinduism as a missionary religion

Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2011.
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Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the non-missionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, medieval, and modern periods, Sharma's investigation challenges the  Read more...
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Sharma, Arvind.
Hinduism as a missionary religion.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2009052580
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arvind Sharma
ISBN: 9781438432137 1438432135
OCLC Number: 794699035
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 195 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. I Antiquity and Continuity of the Belief that Hinduism Is Not a Missionary Religion --
ch. II Neo-Hindu Conviction that Hinduism Is a Non-Missionary Religion --
ch. III Hinduism as a Missionary Religion: The Evidence from Vedic India --
ch. IV Hinduism as a Missionary Religion: The Evidence from Classical India --
ch. V Hinduism as a Missionary Religion: The Evidence from Medieval India --
ch. VI Hinduism as a Missionary Religion: The Evidence from Modern India.
Responsibility: Arvind Sharma.

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Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the non-missionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, medieval, and modern periods, Sharma's investigation challenges the categories used in current scholarly discourse and finds them inadequate, emphasizing the need to distinguish between a missionary religion and a proselytizing one. A distinction rarely made, it is nevertheless an illuminating and fruitful one that resonates with insights from the comparative study of religion. Ultimately concluding that Hinduism is a missionary religion, but not a proselytizing one, Sharma's work provides us with insights both about Hinduism and about religion in general. --Book Jacket.

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