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Orientalism and race : Aryanism in the British Empire

Author: Tony Ballantyne
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Series: Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series.
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The idea of an Aryan race became an important feature of imperial culture in the 19th century, feeding into debates in Britain, India, and the Pacific. This study traces the emergence and dissemination of Aryanism within the British Empire.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Ballantyne
ISBN: 0230507034 9780230507036
OCLC Number: 875732672
Notes: Originally published: Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.
Description: xi, 266 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Aryanism and the Webs of Empire --
1. The Emergence of Aryanism: Company Orientalism, Colonial Governance and Imperial Ethnology --
Trade to dominion: the birth of Company Orientalism --
Language and colonial power --
Patronage and the institutional basis of colonial knowledge --
Sir William Jones, Sanskrit and human origins --
Language and cultural comparison --
Colebrook and the Vedic golden age --
The impact of Sanskritocentrism --
Indocentrism: the Scottish Enlightenment in 'Further India' --
Orientalism, the Irish Enlightenment and settler self-fashioning --
Prichardian ethnology and the Anglo-Saxon revival --
Max Muller and the Aryan theory --
Aryans, India and 1857 --
Aryanism as an ethnological tool --
Regional variation and the limits of racialization: Punjab --
2. Indocentrism on the New Zealand Frontier: Geographies of Race, Empire and Nation --
Pacific exploration and the question of origins --
The Semitic Maori? --
Richard Taylor and the emergence of Indocentrism --
Indocentrism consolidated: Edward Shortland --
Colonial science and philology --
J.T. Thomson and the 'Barata' race --
Tregear and the Aryan Maori --
Conflict, consensus and synthesis: Indocentrism 1885-c.1930 --
The death of Indocentrism: racial origins and the rise of nationalism --
3. Systematizing Religion: from Tahiti to the Tat Khalsa --
'Religion' --
Presence and absence: Tahiti and New Zealand --
A discourse of negation: the search for Maori religion --
Missionary ethnography --
Affirmation: religion in India --
The structure of Brahmanical Hinduism: vaidik and laukik --
Evangelical critiques of Hinduism --
The 'jungle': Hinduism and ethnography --
Sikhism: Nanak and the Indian 'Reformation' --
Dissenting voices: Evangelical attacks on Sikhism --
Macauliffe: the dialogics of Orientalism --
Military recruitment and preserving Sikh identity --
4. 'Hello Ganesha!': Indocentrism and the Interpretation of Maori Religion --
Material transformations and textualizing traditions --
Fixing 'tradition' --
Maui, evolution and comparative religion --
Colonial comparative mythology --
Hindu-centrism: Indian gods in the Pacific --
Religion and the crisis of imperial authority --
Maori phailic cults --
Tapu, rank and caste --
Religion and rationality: the Tohunga Suppression Act --
5. Print, Literacy and the Recasting of Maori Identities --
Historiographical models --
Pre-colonial social structure and identity --
Explorers and missionaries: a fatal impact? --
The coming of print and Christianity --
Literacy and social change: newspapers --
Literacy: a social revolution? --
The Bible and recasting Maori identity: Maori sectarianism --
Christianity and unity: Kingitanga and its critics --
Israelites not Aryans: the discourse of origins --
6. The Politics of Language, Nation and Race: Hindu: Identities in the Late Nineteenth Century --
Sources: 'Arya' and the Vedas --
Arya, religion and race --
Dayananda Sarasvati and the Arya Samaj --
Tilak and the rewriting of the history of civilization --
'Arya', anti-colonialism and Hindu nationalism --
Conclusion: Arya and the definition of Hindu identity --
Conclusion: Knowledge, Empire, Globalization.
Series Title: Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series.
Responsibility: Tony Ballantyne.
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