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Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and. The publication of Laine’s book, Shivaji: Hindu King in the Bombay High Court, James Laine apologised for. India News: The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Bombay HC to lift the ban on the book by US author James Laine, which.

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This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online zhivaji view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony.

The legends of his life have become an shivaui story that everyone in western India knows, and an important part of the Hindu nationalists’ ideology. To read Shivaji’s legend today is to find expression of deeply held convictions about what Hinduism means and how it is opposed to Islam. James Laine traces the origin and development if the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the lainw. His primary concern is to discover the meaning of Shivaji’s life for those who have composed-and those who have read-the legendary accounts of his military victories, his daring escapes, his relationships with saints.


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In the process, he paints a new and more complex picture of Hindu-Muslim relations from the seventeenth century to the present. He argues that this relationship involved a variety of compromises and strategies, from conflict to accommodation to nuanced collaboration. Neither Muslims nor Hindus formed clearly defined communities, says Laine, and they did not relate to each other as opposed monolithic groups.

Different sub-groups, representing a range of religious persuasions, found it in their advantage to accentuate or diminish the importance of Hindu and Muslim identity and the ideologies that supported the construction of such identities. By studying the evolution of the Shivaji legend, Laine demonstrates, we can trace the development of such constructions in both pre-British and post-colonial periods.

Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies. In one of the first studies to trace the longitudinal developments in the biography of a major precolonial figure of India, Laine employs an innovative approach that could well be adapted to other figures. In addition, Laine makes valuable observations about the precolonial history of ‘Hinduism'”– Journal of the American Academy of Religion.


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