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I. General – II. History and Culture – III. Religious History – IV. History of Christianity

I. General

The designation “India,” Gk ἰνδός/indós, Latinized as indus, goes back to Sanskrit sindhu (orig. “boundary”?) through the intermediary of Old Persian hindu; it is a designation of the River Sindhu and of the Indus region, from which Persian Hindūstān, “Place/territory of the Hindus,” is derived. The Indians themselves called th…

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Kiehnle, Catharina, Frasch, Tilman, Schimmel, Annemarie and Koschorke, Klaus, “India”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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