Historical Perspectives: Between 400 BCE and 600 CE (Mauryas, Kushanas, Guptas, Satavahanas, etc.)
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The religious tradition that, with the benefit of hindsight, can be referred to as Hinduism has throughout its history been marked by exceptional diversity and plurality in thought and practice. Different forms of theism and atheism, and sectarianism and nonsectarianism, have coexisted, and several distinct but interrelated sects can be identified within the overarching Hindu tradition. The reli…

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Upinder Singh, “Historical Perspectives: Between 400 BCE and 600 CE (Mauryas, Kushanas, Guptas, Satavahanas, etc.)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000088>
First published online: 2012



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