Globalizing "Sacred Knowledge": South Asians and the Theosophical Society, 1879-1930

  • The dissertation deals with the South Asian members of the Theosophical Society between the landing of the founders Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott in India and Jiddu Krishnamurti`s declaration of independence from the Theosophical Society in California. This is also the trajectory of the work - from colonial South Asia to the new world. It follows its South Asian heroes in their global biographies on the paths of the Theosophical Society and far beyond. Though this is not an institutional history one can learn that the Theosophical Society was part of most progressive movements around the turn of the century - be it women`s emancipation, vegetarianism or new education - and fostered the relationship between the "East" and the "West". The non-Eurocentric perspective throws light on the influential but underrepresented South Asian personnel. The study can be an enriching read for scholars of Global History, South Asian History, Religious Studies or Esoteric History.

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Publishing Institution:IRC-Library, Information Resource Center der Jacobs University Bremen
Granting Institution:Jacobs Univ.
Author:Maria Sofia Moritz
Referee:Harald Fischer-Tinè, Nicola Spakowski, Hans Kippenberg , Sebastian Conrad
Advisor:Harald Fischer-Tinè
Persistent Identifier (URN):urn:nbn:de:gbv:579-opus-1007032
Document Type:PhD Thesis
Language:English
Date of Successful Oral Defense:2012/05/11
Date of First Publication:2017/05/08
PhD Degree:History
School:SHSS School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Call No:Thesis 2012/69

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