[INDOLOGY] Book Announcement: The Legacy of Vaisnavism in Colonial Bengal

Rembert Lutjeharms rembert at ochs.org.uk
Mon May 4 07:23:38 EDT 2020

Dear all,

Some of the members of this list may be interested in the recently
published book *The Legacy of Vaiṣṇavism in Colonial Bengal*, edited by my
colleagues Lucian Wong and Ferdinando Sardella (Routledge Hindu Studies
Series). More details about the book, including the table of contents, are
provided below.

Best wishes,

*The Legacy of Vaiṣṇavism in Colonial Bengal*
Edited by Ferdinando Sardella and Lucian Wong
Routledge Hindu Studies Series

Bringing together scholars from across the disciplines of social and
intellectual history, philology, theology, and anthropology to
systematically investigate Vaiṣṇavism in colonial Bengal, this book
highlights the significant roles—religious, social, and cultural—that a
prominent Hindu devotional current played in the lives of wide and diverse
sections of colonial Bengali society. Not only does the book thereby enrich
our understanding of the history and development of Bengali Vaiṣṇavism, but
it also sheds valuable new light on the texture and dynamics of colonial
Hinduism beyond the discursive and social-historical parameters of an
entrenched Hindu “Renaissance” paradigm.


*Introduction:* Vaiṣṇavism in colonial Bengal: beyond the Hindu Renaissance

Lucian Wong and Ferdinando Sardella


*Recovering the legacy: how Vaiṣṇavas adopted colonial modalities *

*1 The afterlife of an avatāra in modern times *

Varuni Bhatia

*2 Theorising Bengal Vaiṣṇavism: Bipin Chandra Pal and new perspectives on
religious life and culture *

Amiya P. Sen

*3 Vaiṣṇava institutional processes in colonial Bengal *

Santanu Dey

*4 Baba Premananda Bharati: his trajectory into and through Bengal
Vaiṣṇavism to the West *

Gerald T. Carney

*5 Claiming high ground: Gauḍīya missionising rhetoric on the adhikāra of
worship *

Kenneth Valpey

*6 Directions for future research on Vaiṣṇavism in colonial Bengal *

Joseph O’Connell and Amiya P. Sen


*Contending the portrayal: how ethics shaped this religion of love*

*7 The power of the secret: the tantalising discourse of Vaiṣṇava Sahajiyā

Tony K. Stewart

*8 Sahajiya texts of Nadia: beyond reform and revival *

Sukanya Sarbadhikary

*9 Love of woman: love of humankind? Interconnections between Bāul esoteric
practice and social radicalism *

Jeanna Openshaw

*10 Divine transgression: devotion and ethics in Bengali Vaiṣṇavism *

Kiyokazy Okita

*11 Colonial morals, Vaiṣṇava quarrels: tracing the sources of
nineteenth-century anti-Sahajiyā polemics*

Lucian Wong

For more details, go to:

To order a review copy, please complete the form at:

Dr. Rembert Lutjeharms
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
13-15 Magdalen Street
Oxford OX1 3AE United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)1865 304300
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