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Modern Myths, Locked MindsSecularism and Fundamentalism in India$
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T.N.M Madan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198065104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065104.001.0001

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The Hindu Religious Tradition: Secularism as Pluralism

The Hindu Religious Tradition: Secularism as Pluralism

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(p.176) Chapter Six The Hindu Religious Tradition: Secularism as Pluralism
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Modern Myths, Locked Minds
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T. N. Madan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065104.003.0006

Two problems arise when exploring the ideologies of secularism and fundamentalism as defined in this book in the context of the Hindu religious tradition. First, it has been asserted by historians that Hinduism is a ‘deceptive term’ and ‘difficult to define’, and that special care has to be exercised in its ‘proper use’. Second, many scholars have questioned whether the sacred–secular dichotomy of domains is at all present in the Hindu religious tradition, or present only in a sense which is different from that of the Christian perspective on the subject. This chapter examines these two problems and the sceptical attitude that underlies them. First, it discusses the unity of the sacred and the secular and then considers religious pluralism. It also carries an Appendix at the end of the chapter titled ‘The Ashokan State. The Weberian Thesis’.

Keywords:   Hinduism, secularism, fundamentalism, religious pluralism, religious tradition, sacredness

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