Orientalism, Multiculturalism, and Identity Politics: Hindus and the British Caste Law

Forthcoming in Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica (special issue: Daimon. Diritto comparato delle religioni) 2017

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 267/2017

13 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2017

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Prakash Shah

Queen Mary, University of London

Date Written: December 16, 2017

Abstract

This article discusses the role played by British Hindus in contesting legislation against caste discrimination. It gives an account of their limited objections to the law on caste by placing them within the context of British multiculturalism and the constraints that brings. It introduces some considerations concerning the form their objections to the legislation take, and explains their objections in terms of their inability to contest the premises behind the Western construction of Hinduism and of the caste system.

Suggested Citation

Shah, Prakash, Orientalism, Multiculturalism, and Identity Politics: Hindus and the British Caste Law (December 16, 2017). Forthcoming in Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesiastica (special issue: Daimon. Diritto comparato delle religioni) 2017, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 267/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3089069

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