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YELLE, R. A.,
The Language of Disenchantment. Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British India.
Oxford University Press, 2012. 320p. Hardback. Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion. A rich contribution to scholarship on the growth and globalization of Christian language ideology. Yelle, an historian of religion, accomplishes two principal aims in his book. On a smaller (but still very large) scale, he effectively shows how various British colonial legal and religious projects in India were underpinned by Christian, specifically Protestant, language ideologies. More broadly, he presents a well-supported argument, following in the footsteps of Max Weber, that 'what we think of as modern, secular rationality is actually an inheritance from and a transformation of Christian soteriology' Adam Harr, Reviews in Anthropology |a 17/2/17 (Publisher's information).
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