Sati: Evangelicals, Baptist Missionaries, and the Changing Colonial Discourse


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About the book:

Lord Bentinck’s Regulation XVII of 1829, which declared sati a criminal offence, marked the culmination of a sustained campaign against Hinduism by British Evangelicals and missionaries anxious to Anglicize and Christianize India. The attack on Hinduism was initiated by the Evangelist, Charles Grant, an employee of the East India Company and subsequently member of the Court of Directors in 1792, he presented his famous treatise, Observations on the State of Society among the Asiatic Subjects of Great Britain. A harsh evaluation of Hindu Society, it challenged the then current Orientalist policy of respecting Indian laws, religion and customs.

About Meenakshi Jain:

Meenakshi Jain is former Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and currently Associate Professor in History at Gargi College, University of Delhi. Her recent publications include Parallel Pathways: Essays on Hindu-Muslim Relations (1707-1857) and The India They Saw: Foreign Accounts of India from the 8th to mid-19th Century (3 vols.). She is the co-author of The Rajah-Moonje Pact: Documents on a Forgotten Chapter of Indian History.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Aryan Books International; First Edition (1 August 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 760 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India


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