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Imagined Religious Communities and the “Culture of Bible-Readers”: Hinduism’s Challenge to European Religious Studies

Christopher Jason Helton
Published Online: 2015-12-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eas-2015-0013


This paper will discuss the challenges posed by modern conceptions of Hinduism - in particular Heinrich von Stietencron’s conception of a “collection of religions” and Romila Thapar’s application of Benedict Anderson’s theory of “imagined communities” to Hinduism-to the European style of religious studies, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Keywords: Hinduism; imagined communities; text-centered; historical approach; indigenous framework; culture of Bible-readers; therapeutic; religion; moksha-shastra


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Published Online: 2015-12-09

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Citation Information: Ethnologia Actualis, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 8–18, ISSN (Online) 1339-7877, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eas-2015-0013.

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