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Before Reform: The Swaminarayan Sampraday and Brahmo Samaj as Early Colonial Religious Polities

Lectures of the J.P. And Beena Khaitan Visiting Fellow
OCHS Library
Prof. Brian A. Hatcher
Thursday, 30 May 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

An attempt to exit the discursive world of religious reform in order to rethink the first emergence of two major Hindu movements that would come to be scripted (each in their way) as reform movements. This paper asks how might we view the work of Sahajanand Swami and Rammohun Roy, respective founders of these two movements, if we thought of them not as reformers but as articulators of two innovative religious polities within a distinctive, if short-lived, early colonial moment?