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In The European Encounter with Hinduism Jan Peter Schouten offers an account of European travellers coming into contact with the Hindu religion in India. From the thirteenth century on, both traders and missionaries visited India and encountered the exotic world of Hindus and Hinduism. Their travel reports reveal how Europeans gradually increased their knowledge of Hinduism and how they evaluated this foreign religion. Later on, although officials of the colonial administration also studied the languages and culture of India, it was – contrary to what is usually assumed – particularly the many missionaries who made the greatest contribution to the mapping of Hinduism.
In: Exchange
In: Exchange
In: Female Stereotypes in Religious Traditions

The largest Hindu communities in Europe are found in Great Britain and the Netherlands. There has been a great deal of experience with interreligious dialogue in both countries, which occurs on several levels. First of all, there is the multilateral dialogue on a national level, whereby representatives of religions meet on an equal footing. This form of dialogue has been widely developed primarily in Great Britain Then there are the many initiatives by the churches for dialogue with Hindus. Here primarily fundamental theological questions arise, even leading to a reconsideration of one’s own tradition. It is remarkable that in both countries it is often the same theological questions that require further reflection. Finally, there are numerous local situations in which Hindus and Christians meet each other and share something of their religious background.

In: Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture
In: The European Encounter with Hinduism in India