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Historical perspectives on Hindu cultures

The history of religion in South Asia is highly contested and has become a battleground for ideological conflict. But history is crucial for any understanding of religion, not only in the past but in the contemporary context. History might be seen both as a discourse about the past and the object of that discourse. This research trajectory seeks to raise questions about the nature of history in South Asia, questions about colonial vs non- colonial versions of history, and questions about how history relates to contemporary social, religious and cultural identities.