Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > > > Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of Indology)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of Indology)
Pages from the book
Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of Indology)
Look Inside the Book
Description
Foreword

In the late 1990s, a major controversy broke when I started to critique Wendy Doniger's depictions of Hinduism which most Hindus found vulgar and outright insulting. Some were too embarrassed to face them while many others found it too controversial to go public with their feelings. What started out as my debate with her students quickly turned into public outrage. There were numerous demands for better representation by practicing Hindus in the scholarship about their tradition.

Things flared up between the Indian diaspora and the American academy for several years, with numerous mobilizations and accusations from both sides. This fight was one of the defining moments in the awakening of Hindu thinkers about the way their discourse was controlled and distorted by others. The academic study of Hinduism has not been the same since.

The drama further intensified because with the help of her hordes of powerfully placed students, Doniger fought back. She arranged a front page article in The Washington Post and another feature article in The New York Times. Unlike the balanced treatment by the magazine of her own university, these were PR jobs tilted heavily in her favor.

The theatre widened across the academic and literary circles of Europe, North America and India as more players joined in on both sides.

Martha Nussbaum, the prominent feminist and University of Chicago colleague of Doniger, wrote a scathing book against Hindus and Hinduism with a whole chapter dedicated to me-without bothering to interview me even though that was suggested to her. She and Doniger have consistently ignored my requests for a live debate in public.

In response to what I felt was a one-sided portrayal of the events, three supporters compiled a new book, titled, "Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America", and it was published in 2007. Its launch video gives a good idea of our side of the story.

The fallout of all this was very significant:

1.Wendy Doniger lost her clout in the American academy and found herself on the defensive. She lost most of the students who earlier thronged at her doorstep for PhDs in Hinduism.

2.The American academy made numerous changes (still not enough) to become sensitive to Hindus' views; at least these academics have become less blatant in their denigration of Hinduism.

3.The most significant change was that there emerged a new appreciation among Hindus and a new mobilization of their leaders. It became widely accepted that it was a bad idea to outsource the study of our tradition to scholars whose lenses were programmed with Judeo-Christian and/or Marxist doctrines. In fact, no other major world faith is studied by outsiders with the same authority, power and negative perspective as Hinduism is.

4.A brilliant compilation of these debates and controversies has recently been turned into a web site for those who want to get a good overview.

Meanwhile, I moved on to many other projects of research and publishing, pretty much forgetting Wendy Doniger as a closed chapter for my work. But the story does not end here.

Some years back, Doniger struck a new alliance to help her make a dramatic comeback: She positioned herself with the Indian Left as their "expert on criticizing Hinduism". Since Indian secularists are uneducated in Sanskrit and are only superficially informed about religious studies, Doniger was a useful ally to supply them "masala" which they could use in their simplistic works.

In turn, the well-connected Indian secularist/leftist media and writers helped to reposition Doniger within India as a great authority on Hinduism. Soon she was winning awards in India, even though back home in the U.S. her own academic colleagues had distanced themselves because she was seen as a tainted scholar with a bad reputation.

Then another chapter began. Some Hindus in India decided to contest her relatively recent book published by Penguin. They filed a lawsuit in Delhi alleging that it was biased and insulting to Hindus. This sparked a new controversy-this time between Hindus in India and the Doniger/Indian Left alliance.

After four years of litigation, an out-of-court settlement was recently reached under which Penguin agreed to withdraw the book from India. But the terms agreed to do not ban electronic copies or foreign editions from being sold in India.

Doniger's massive PR machinery went to work overtime to put the matter in the limelight of world news.

 

Contents

 

  Foreword ix
1 The Academic Cult of Eroticizing Hindu 1
2 The Asymmetric Dialog of Civilizations 17
3 The Axis of Neoco;onialism 37
4 RISA Lila- 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome 90
5 RISA Lila- 2: Limp Scholarship and Demonology 168
6 Wendy Doniger on the Couch: A Tantric Psychoanalysis 239
7 The Insider/Outsider: Academic Game of Sarah Caldwell 247
8 Response to Jeffrey Kripal's Sulekha Artical 294
9 The Bindi as a Drop of Menstrual Blood 325
10 The Interpretation of Gods 344
11 The Washington Post and Hinduphobia 359
12 Challenging The Washington post 405
13 Hinduism in American Classrooms 416
Sample Pages
















Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of Indology)

Item Code:
NAM996
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2016
ISBN:
9789385485015
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
442 (17 Pages B/W Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 565 gms
Price:
$30.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of Indology)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3537 times since 26th Aug, 2016
Foreword

In the late 1990s, a major controversy broke when I started to critique Wendy Doniger's depictions of Hinduism which most Hindus found vulgar and outright insulting. Some were too embarrassed to face them while many others found it too controversial to go public with their feelings. What started out as my debate with her students quickly turned into public outrage. There were numerous demands for better representation by practicing Hindus in the scholarship about their tradition.

Things flared up between the Indian diaspora and the American academy for several years, with numerous mobilizations and accusations from both sides. This fight was one of the defining moments in the awakening of Hindu thinkers about the way their discourse was controlled and distorted by others. The academic study of Hinduism has not been the same since.

The drama further intensified because with the help of her hordes of powerfully placed students, Doniger fought back. She arranged a front page article in The Washington Post and another feature article in The New York Times. Unlike the balanced treatment by the magazine of her own university, these were PR jobs tilted heavily in her favor.

The theatre widened across the academic and literary circles of Europe, North America and India as more players joined in on both sides.

Martha Nussbaum, the prominent feminist and University of Chicago colleague of Doniger, wrote a scathing book against Hindus and Hinduism with a whole chapter dedicated to me-without bothering to interview me even though that was suggested to her. She and Doniger have consistently ignored my requests for a live debate in public.

In response to what I felt was a one-sided portrayal of the events, three supporters compiled a new book, titled, "Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America", and it was published in 2007. Its launch video gives a good idea of our side of the story.

The fallout of all this was very significant:

1.Wendy Doniger lost her clout in the American academy and found herself on the defensive. She lost most of the students who earlier thronged at her doorstep for PhDs in Hinduism.

2.The American academy made numerous changes (still not enough) to become sensitive to Hindus' views; at least these academics have become less blatant in their denigration of Hinduism.

3.The most significant change was that there emerged a new appreciation among Hindus and a new mobilization of their leaders. It became widely accepted that it was a bad idea to outsource the study of our tradition to scholars whose lenses were programmed with Judeo-Christian and/or Marxist doctrines. In fact, no other major world faith is studied by outsiders with the same authority, power and negative perspective as Hinduism is.

4.A brilliant compilation of these debates and controversies has recently been turned into a web site for those who want to get a good overview.

Meanwhile, I moved on to many other projects of research and publishing, pretty much forgetting Wendy Doniger as a closed chapter for my work. But the story does not end here.

Some years back, Doniger struck a new alliance to help her make a dramatic comeback: She positioned herself with the Indian Left as their "expert on criticizing Hinduism". Since Indian secularists are uneducated in Sanskrit and are only superficially informed about religious studies, Doniger was a useful ally to supply them "masala" which they could use in their simplistic works.

In turn, the well-connected Indian secularist/leftist media and writers helped to reposition Doniger within India as a great authority on Hinduism. Soon she was winning awards in India, even though back home in the U.S. her own academic colleagues had distanced themselves because she was seen as a tainted scholar with a bad reputation.

Then another chapter began. Some Hindus in India decided to contest her relatively recent book published by Penguin. They filed a lawsuit in Delhi alleging that it was biased and insulting to Hindus. This sparked a new controversy-this time between Hindus in India and the Doniger/Indian Left alliance.

After four years of litigation, an out-of-court settlement was recently reached under which Penguin agreed to withdraw the book from India. But the terms agreed to do not ban electronic copies or foreign editions from being sold in India.

Doniger's massive PR machinery went to work overtime to put the matter in the limelight of world news.

 

Contents

 

  Foreword ix
1 The Academic Cult of Eroticizing Hindu 1
2 The Asymmetric Dialog of Civilizations 17
3 The Axis of Neoco;onialism 37
4 RISA Lila- 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome 90
5 RISA Lila- 2: Limp Scholarship and Demonology 168
6 Wendy Doniger on the Couch: A Tantric Psychoanalysis 239
7 The Insider/Outsider: Academic Game of Sarah Caldwell 247
8 Response to Jeffrey Kripal's Sulekha Artical 294
9 The Bindi as a Drop of Menstrual Blood 325
10 The Interpretation of Gods 344
11 The Washington Post and Hinduphobia 359
12 Challenging The Washington post 405
13 Hinduism in American Classrooms 416
Sample Pages
















Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Academic Hinduphobia (A Critique of Wendy Doniger's Erotic School of... ( | Books)

Dalit Phobia (Why Do They Hate Us?)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAJ009
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Indian Diaspora: Hindus and Sikhs in Australia
Deal 30% Off
Item Code: NAK737
$55.00$38.50
You save: $16.50 (30%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
South Asia: Definitions and Clarifications
Deal 20% Off
by Reginald Massey
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: NAF035
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka (Then and Now Upto 2003)
by Dr. S. Manivasakan
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
University of Madras
Item Code: NAJ412
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I received the Green Tara Thangka described below right on schedule. Thank you a million times for that. My teacher loved it and was extremely moved by it. Although I have seen a lot of Green Tara thangkas, and have looked at other Green Tara Thangkas you offer and found them all to be wonderful, the one I purchased is by far the most beautiful I have ever seen -- or at least it is the one that most speaks to me.
John, USA
Your website store is a really great place to find the most wonderful books and artifacts from beautiful India. I have been traveling to India over the last 4 years and spend 3 months there each time staying with two Bengali families that I have adopted and they have taken me in with love and generosity. I love India. Thanks for doing the business that you do. I am an artist and, well, I got through I think the first 6 pages of the book store on your site and ordered almost 500 dollars in books... I'm in trouble so I don't go there too often.. haha.. Hari Om and Hare Krishna and Jai.. Thanks a lot for doing what you do.. Great !
Steven, USA
Great Website! fast, easy and interesting!
Elaine, Australia
I have purchased from you before. Excellent service. Fast shipping. Great communication.
Pauline, Australia
Have greatly enjoyed the items on your site; very good selection! Thank you!
Kulwant, USA
I received my order yesterday. Thank you very much for the fast service and quality item. I’ll be ordering from you again very soon.
Brian, USA
ALMIGHTY GOD I BLESS EXOTIC INDIA AND ALL WHO WORK THERE!!!!!
Lord Grace, Switzerland
I have enjoyed the many sanskrit boks I purchased from you, especially the books by the honorable Prof. Pushpa Dixit.
K Sarma, USA
Namaste, You are doing a great service. Namah Shivay
Bikash, Denmark
The piece i ordered is beyond beautiful!!!!! I'm very well satisfied.
Richard, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India