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Religion, Science, and Empire Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India

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ISBN-10: 0195393015

ISBN-13: 9780195393019

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peter Gottschalk

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Peter Gottschalk offers a compelling study of how, through the British implementation of scientific taxonomy in the subcontinent, Britons and Indians identified an inherent divide between mutually antagonistic religious communities.England's ascent to power coincided with the rise of empirical science as an authoritative way of knowing not only the natural world, but the human one as well. The British scientific passion for classification, combined with the Christian impulse to differentiate people according to religion, led to a designation of Indians as either Hindu or Muslim according to rigidly defined criteria that paralleled classification in botanical and zoological…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.49" long x 1.38" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Term Glossary
Place Glossary
Religion, Science, and Scientism
Cartography, the Ideal of Science, and the Place of Religion
First Theoretical Interlude: The Dynamics of Comparison and Classification
Christocentric Travel Writing: Dynamics of Comparison and Classification
Second Theoretical Interlude: Five Modes of Comparison
Humanist Travel Writing: Ascent of Empiricism and the On the Spot
Third Theoretical Interlude: Classification in the Natural Sciences
Categories to Count On: Religion and Caste in the Census
A Raja, a Ghost, and a Tribe: Studies in Folklore, Ethnology, and Religion
Popularizing Chainpur's Past: Archaeology in Place and in Museums
Chainpur Today