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Center for South Asia Annual Lecture, Wendy Doniger: Blasphemy, Materialism, and Censorship in Ancient and Contemporary India

Ancient Hinduism, more orthoprax than orthodox, had no concept of blasphemy until passionate and dogmatic strains of devotional Hinduism, or bhakti, developed after the 6th century CE. Under the British Raj, concepts of religious offense arose and were later appropriated by Hindu Nationalism.  The result, in present-day India, has been an unprecedented form of censorship. 
Wendy Doniger is a Professor in the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests revolve around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. In 2014, Dr. Doniger’s book The Hindus was “barred from India by its publisher (Penguin India) — and its existing copies pulped” under pressure from conservative groups. 



Monday, May 4, 2015. 04:00 PM


Building 200, Room 002, History Corner


Center for South Asia




Free and open to the public.