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The term Neo-Hinduism denotes ideas and practices that began to take shape in India in the 19th century, as Indians contended with British colonialism, orientalism, and Christianity (Hinduism: I, 2). As part of Indian religious and cultural apologetics vis-à-vis the West, Neo-Hinduism has nationalistic features; it arose as a distinct term, appropriating the non-native collective term Hinduism.

The expression Neo-Hinduism appeared for the first time in 1885 in Bengali (nabyahindu), used by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay and others to denote exegesis o…

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Harder, Hans, “Neo-Hinduism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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