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Town and City
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Hindu traditions have flourished in the tens of thousands of villages in India, and Hinduism has often been identified as a religion of the village; South Asia, however, has had a number of urban civilizations and several periods of urbanization and de-urbanization since the emergence of the first cities in the Indus civilization in the 3rd millennium BCE. Urbanization, de-urbanization, and a rural–urban dichotomy h…

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Axel Jacobsen, Knut, “Town and City”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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