The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

The European Encounter with Hinduism in India
In The European Encounter with Hinduism Jan Peter Schouten offers an account of European travellers coming into contact with the Hindu religion in India. From the thirteenth century on, both traders and missionaries visited India and encountered the exotic world of Hindus and Hinduism. Their travel reports reveal how Europeans gradually increased their knowledge of Hinduism and how they evaluated this foreign religion. Later on, although officials of the colonial administration also studied the languages and culture of India, it was – contrary to what is usually assumed – particularly the many missionaries who made the greatest contribution to the mapping of Hinduism.

Author/Editor

Jan Peter Schouten

Publisher

Brill

ISBN

978-90-04-42006-9

Published

2020

Specialisation

Humanities

Theme

International Relations and Politics
Religion
History
Globalisation

Region

South Asia
India