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Science and Nation: South Asia
(1,353 words)

The nations in the South Asian region, a region which exhibits a striking cultural and civilizational continuity across national boundaries, emerged in the process of modernization, a consequence of imperialism and colonization. Though their history indicates vibrant scientific traditions, modern science mainly came to these nations through colonial encounters or through contact with the West. These encounters largely led to the marginalization of traditional systems of knowledge, though they did not succeed in wipi…

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Chadha, Gita, “Science and Nation: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0197b>
First published online: 2009



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