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South Asian religion
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1. Introduction

Early modern Europe did not regard the various religious traditions of South Asian societies (i.e. those within the territories now known as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) as different religions. Terms such as Hinduism (c. 1780) and Buddhism (1801) came into general use only towards the end of the period. Becau…

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Sweetman, Will, “South Asian religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028505>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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