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Orientalism and the puzzle of the Aryan invasion theory

Marianne Keppens UGent and Jakob De Roover UGent (2014) PRAGMATA : JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES. 2(2). p.51-76
abstract
The origin of the Aryan invasion theory (AIT) is generally located in the discovery of the Indo-European and Dravidian language families. However, these discoveries cannot account for the emergence of the AIT, because the postulation of the invasion preceded the linguistic research. In its search for an alternative account of the cognitive conditions under which this theory could come into being, this article illustrates a particular way of studying the intellectual history of Orientalism. The Orientalist discourse on India is approached as a body of reflections on the western cultural experience of India. This perspective brings us to the thesis that the pre-conditions for the emergence of the AIT lay in the postulation of two entities in the Orientalist discourse on India: the ‘Hindu religion’ and its ‘caste system’. Both these notions and the AIT appeared cogent and coherent to European minds, because they mirrored internal developments within European culture and its intellectual debates, which had given shape to Europe’s experience of India.
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Orientalism, religion, caste, India, Indian culture, Aryans, Aryan Invasion Theory
journal title
PRAGMATA : JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES
volume
2
issue
2
pages
51 - 76
publisher
Tumkur University
place of publication
Tumkur, India
ISSN
2349-5065
language
English
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yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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c:vabb:391043
VABB type
VABB-1
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5845673
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5845673
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2015-02-11 12:18:11
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  author       = {Keppens, Marianne and De Roover, Jakob},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {51--76},
  publisher    = {Tumkur University},
  title        = {Orientalism and the puzzle of the Aryan invasion theory},
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  year         = {2014},
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Chicago
Keppens, Marianne, and Jakob De Roover. 2014. “Orientalism and the Puzzle of the Aryan Invasion Theory.” Pragmata : Journal of Human Sciences 2 (2): 51–76.
APA
Keppens, Marianne, & De Roover, J. (2014). Orientalism and the puzzle of the Aryan invasion theory. PRAGMATA : JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES, 2(2), 51–76.
Vancouver
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Keppens M, De Roover J. Orientalism and the puzzle of the Aryan invasion theory. PRAGMATA : JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES. Tumkur, India: Tumkur University; 2014;2(2):51–76.
MLA
Keppens, Marianne, and Jakob De Roover. “Orientalism and the Puzzle of the Aryan Invasion Theory.” PRAGMATA : JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES 2.2 (2014): 51–76. Print.