Colonial Hinduism

Colonial Hinduism

During the colonial era, Hinduism saw significant changes in its religious ideas and social practices. It could be said to have turned relatively more liberal, rational, socially sensitive, and utilitarian.

Alongside nationalism, a new Hinduism was wrought through modern institutions of higher learning; larger communication networks; the growing importance of print; and the spectacular growth of vernacular languages and literature.

The colonial state played an active role in most of these changes. However Hindus were not passive recipients of these changes and there were significant responses and adaptions to western thought and practice.

Start Date: 17 July 2022

Course Duration: Seven Weeks

Optional Assessment: Essay

Tutor: Prof. Amiya P. Sen

Course Creator: Prof. Amiya P. Sen

187 pages

5hr 15min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): History of Hinduism, Understanding Hinduism