The Legacy of Vaisnavism in Colonial Bengal

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Ferdinando Sardella, Lucian Wong
Routledge Hindu Studies Series
  • London: 
    , December
     266 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book offers a focused examination of the Bengali Vaiṣṇava tradition in its manifold forms in the pivotal context of British colonialism in South Asia.

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.

A landmark in the burgeoning field of Bengali Vaiṣṇava studies, this book will be of interest to scholars of modern Hinduism, religion, and colonial South Asian social and intellectual history.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ferdinando Sardella is assistant professor at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, UK.

Lucian Wong is a postdoctoral fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), University of Oxford, UK and is co-director of the Bengali Vaiṣṇavism in the Modern Period Project of the OCHS.


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