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In The Colonial Construction of What?, Jakob De Roover and Sarah Claerhout raise three fundamental questions to clear the conceptual ground required for theory formation on the construction of Hinduism. First, they analyze the question ‘Is religion a construct?’ The claim that religion is only a conceptual tool of the scholar, which does not refer to any empirical reality, they argue, fails to make sense in the absence of a theory of religion. However, this does not imply it is nonsensical to speak of the construction of Hinduism. ‘Is Hinduism a construct?’ is answered in the positive, but qualified in a limited empirical sense. Subsequently, they raise the question as to ‘What is constructed in the process of construction?’ On the one hand, one could suggest that Hinduism has come into being as an object, a new religion that materialized on the subcontinent. On the other hand, one could argue, as De Roover and Claerhout do, that Hinduism has been created as a conceptual unit in certain descriptions of India only. These descriptions have had impact upon Indian society, but this does not entail that Hindu religion exists in India today.

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De Roover, Jakob, and Sarah Claerhout. “The Colonial Construction of What?” Rethinking Religion in India : the Colonial Construction of Hinduism. Ed. Esther Bloch, Marianne Keppens, & Rajaram Hegde. Vol. 4. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge, 2010. 164–183. Print.
APA
De Roover, J., & Claerhout, S. (2010). The colonial construction of what? In E. Bloch, M. Keppens, & R. Hegde (Eds.), Rethinking religion in India : the colonial construction of Hinduism (Vol. 4, pp. 164–183). London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
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De Roover, Jakob, and Sarah Claerhout. 2010. “The Colonial Construction of What?” In Rethinking Religion in India : the Colonial Construction of Hinduism, ed. Esther Bloch, Marianne Keppens, and Rajaram Hegde, 4:164–183. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
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De Roover, Jakob, and Sarah Claerhout. 2010. “The Colonial Construction of What?” In Rethinking Religion in India : the Colonial Construction of Hinduism, ed. Esther Bloch, Marianne Keppens, and Rajaram Hegde, 4:164–183. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
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De Roover J, Claerhout S. The colonial construction of what? In: Bloch E, Keppens M, Hegde R, editors. Rethinking religion in India : the colonial construction of Hinduism. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge; 2010. p. 164–83.
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J. De Roover and S. Claerhout, “The colonial construction of what?,” in Rethinking religion in India : the colonial construction of Hinduism, vol. 4, E. Bloch, M. Keppens, and R. Hegde, Eds. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA: Routledge, 2010, pp. 164–183.
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  author       = {{De Roover, Jakob and Claerhout, Sarah}},
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  title        = {{The colonial construction of what?}},
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