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Aryans, Jews, Brahmins: Theorizing Authority Through Myths of Identity

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Aryans, Jews, Brahmins: Theorizing Authority Through Myths of Identity - Figueira, Dorothy M
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In Aryans, Jews, Brahmins, Dorothy M. Figueira provides a fascinating account of the construction of the Aryan myth and its uses in both India and Europe from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century. The myth concerns a race that inhabits a utopian past and gives rise first to Brahmin Indian culture and then to European culture. In India, notions of the Aryan were used to develop a national identity under colonialism, one that allowed Indian elites to identify with their British rulers. It also allowed non-elites to set ...

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Aryans, Jews, Brahmins: Theorizing Authority Through Myths of Identity 2002, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780791455326

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