Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Historiography (Hinduism)

  • Arpita MitraEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_578-1



Historiography means the study of the written histories on a subject. A historiography of Hinduism entails an examination of the various debates prevalent in the study of Hinduism. The historiography of Hinduism is ridden with several debates such as whether Hinduism is a product of Western discourses, with no existence before the nineteenth century, whether Hinduism can be called a single unified religion, whether Hinduism can be called a religion at all, and so on.


In the study of world religions, Hinduism has held a special place because of its somewhat unique nature and historical trajectory. The scholarly engagement with Hinduism also originated in a particular context – the modern encounter of Europeans with the phenomenon of the religion of the “Hindoos.” This context has informed many of the debates that emerged around Hinduism and have endured to this day. A major debate in the historiography of Hinduism...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Advanced StudyShimlaIndia