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Atheists: Charles Bradlaugh, Annie Besant, and ‘this indictable book’

Timothy Larsen

in A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199570096
eISBN:
9780191725661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570096.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Biblical Studies

Charles Bradlaugh was the most important leader of organized atheism in nineteenth-century Britain, and for some years Annie Besant was the most popular speaker in the movement after him. Bradlaugh ... More


Enlightenment Beyond Reason: Theosophical Socialism and Radical Print Culture

in Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804784085
eISBN:
9780804784658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804784085.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers the proliferation of theosophy and related esoteric discourses in turn-of-the-century radical literature, arguing that these discourses functioned to critique the Enlightenment ... More


Annie (Wood) Besant

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520249059
eISBN:
9780520940055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249059.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on the accounts of Annie (Wood) Besant. Annie Wood came from a comfortably well-to-do family. She was intelligent and well-educated. At the age of nineteen, she married Rev. ... More


The Foundation of the Banaras Hindu University

Jagannath Prasad Misra

in Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199463756
eISBN:
9780199086405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463756.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter examines Madan Mohan Malaviya’s role in the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University, which he envisioned as a residential and teaching institution for the Hindu community. After ... More


Influence of the English Rationalist Movement

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812608
eISBN:
9780199919406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter starts by tracing the influence of rationalist, atheist and secularist ideas and organisations in 19th century England on like-minded groups in India. Important in this respect are not ... More


Raising the Banner of Hinduism in Colonial India

Leah Renold

in A Hindu Education: Early Years of the Banaras Hindu University

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195674835
eISBN:
9780199081493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674835.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter traces the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which was to serve as an experiment in Hindu education, and even helped in the revival of Hinduism. The discussion views ... More


Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture

Elizabeth Carolyn

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804784085
eISBN:
9780804784658
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804784085.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book explores the literary culture of Britain's radical press from 1880 to 1910, a time that saw a flourishing of radical political activity as well as the emergence of a mass print industry. ... More


The Nehrus: Motilal and Jawaharlal: With a New Preface

B. R. Nanda

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693430
eISBN:
9780199081387
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

Motilal Nehru and Jawaharlal Nehru are both prominent Indian men in their own right. Motilal is known as a widely successful civil lawyer and a popular political figure, while Jawaharlal made his ... More


Nation-building: Politics, the Culture of Association and Civil Society

Carey Anthony Watt

in Serving the Nation: Cultures of Service, Association and Citizenship

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195668025
eISBN:
9780199081905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195668025.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter illustrates how the development of an associational culture relates to the shaping of Indian society and the conceptualization of the Indian ‘nation.’ The author discusses the views of ... More


Home Rule

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus: Motilal and Jawaharlal: With a New Preface

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693430
eISBN:
9780199081387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter discusses the Home Rule movement, which was headed by Annie Besant, a London-born who fully embraced India as her home. It looks at Besant’s entry into Indian politics, her founding of ... More


To Be a Christ: Striving for Righteousness at the Pall Mall Gazette, 1880–8

Stewart J. Brown

in W. T. Stead: Nonconformist and Newspaper Prophet

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198832539
eISBN:
9780191871078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832539.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

As assistant editor, then editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1880 to 1888, W. T. Stead pioneered what became known as the ‘New Journalism’, or journalism with a mission. The chapter considers ... More


Young Lord Maitreya: The Curious Case of Jiddu Krishnamurti

Hillary Rodrigues

in Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860265
eISBN:
9780199979929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Among figures that have been linked to the persona of Maitreya, the teaching Buddha to come, the Indian born spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti presents us with a particularly compelling case. This ... More


The Formative Phase

Jagannath Prasad Misra

in Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199463756
eISBN:
9780199086405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463756.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter examines the formative phase of Indian nationalism in which Madan Mohan Malaviya would play a very important role. It first considers Mrs Annie Besant’s introduction of the agitational ... More


Sympathy Caught between Darwin and Eugenics

David M. Levy and Sandra J. Peart

in Sympathy: A History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199928873
eISBN:
9780190247195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928873.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Sympathy became a central topic of post-Darwinian literature when Alfred Russel Wallace (1864) denied that “natural selection” applied to civilized humans. He suggested that humans are connected by ... More


Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920

Ellen Ross (ed.)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520249059
eISBN:
9780520940055
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249059.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Late-nineteenth-century Britain saw the privileged classes forsake society balls and gatherings to turn their considerable resources to investigating and relieving poverty. By the 1890s at least half ... More


Through: The Theosophical Society, Authority, and Mediation

Mark Blacklock

in The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siècle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198755487
eISBN:
9780191816680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198755487.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 5 considers the development in popular occultism of higher spatial ideas, with an emphasis on the Theosophical Society’s correlation of the fourth dimension with the astral plane. In so doing ... More


The Ali Brothers

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi: Pan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195658279
eISBN:
9780199081394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0008
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter introduces the Ali brothers—Mohamed and Shaukat—who succeeded Abul Kalam Azad in taking over the Khilafat agitation. It starts with a description of their early education. It then looks ... More


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