Outline of ancient India

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to ancient India:

Ancient IndiaIndia as it existed from the pre-historic times (c. 7000 BCE or earlier) to the start of the Middle Ages (c. 500 CE).[1]

Geography of ancient India[edit]

Government and politics in ancient India[edit]

General history of ancient India[edit]

Further information: Timeline of Indian history

Periodisation of Indian history[edit]

An elaborate periodisation may be as follows:[2]

  • Pre-history and Indus Valley Civilisation (until c. 1750 BCE);
  • Vedic period (c. 1750-500 BCE);
  • "Second Urbanisation" (c. 500-200 BCE);
  • Classical period (c. 200 BCE-1100 CE);[note 1]
  • Pre-classical period (c. 200 BCE-300 CE);
  • "Golden Age" (Gupta Empire) (c. 320-650 CE);
  • Late-Classical period (c. 650-1100 CE);
  • Islamic period (c. 1100-1850 CE) and beginning of western colonialism (c.1500-1850);
  • Modern period (British Raj and independence) (from c. 1850).

Pre-history[edit]

  • Neolithic Age India Mehrgarh civilization (c. 7000 – 3300 BCE)

Iron Age (c. 1200 – 272 BCE)[edit]

Second Urbanisation[edit]

Classical Age of India[edit]

Middle Ages (c. 500 – 1500 CE)[edit]

Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in introducing Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and USA,[3] raising interfaith awareness and making Hinduism a world religion.[4]

Culture in ancient India[edit]

Art in ancient India[edit]

Language in ancient India[edit]

Religion in ancient India[edit]

Science and technology in ancient India[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Different periods are designated as "classical Hinduism":
    • Smart calls the period between 1000 BCE and 100 CE "pre-classical". It is the formative period for the Upanishads and Brahmanism[subnote 1] Jainism and Buddhism. For Smart, the "classical period" lasts from 100 to 1000 CE, and coincides with the flowering of "classical Hinduism" and the flowering and deterioration of Mahayana-buddhism in India.[5]
    • For Michaels, the period between 500 BCE and 200 BCE is a time of "Ascetic reformism",[6] whereas the period between 200 BCE and 1100 CE is the time of "classical Hinduism", since there is "a turning point between the Vedic religion and Hindu religions".[7]
    • Muesse discerns a longer period of change, namely between 800 BCE and 200 BCE, which he calls the "Classical Period". According to Muesse, some of the fundamental concepts of Hinduism, namely karma, reincarnation and "personal enlightenment and transformation", which did not exist in the Vedic religion, developed in this time.[8]

Subnotes

  1. ^ Smart distinguishes "Brahmanism" from the Vedic religion, connecting "Brahmanism" with the Upanishads.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stein 2010, p. 38.
  2. ^ Michaels 2004.
  3. ^ Georg, Feuerstein (2002). The Yoga Tradition. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 600. ISBN 3-935001-06-1. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Peter Bernard (2006). New Religions in Global Perspective. Routledge. p. 209. ISBN 0-7007-1185-6. 
  5. ^ Smart 2003, p. 52.
  6. ^ Michaels 2004, p. 36.
  7. ^ Michaels 2004, p. 38.
  8. ^ Muesse 2003, p. 14.
  9. ^ Smart 2003, p. 52, 83-86.

Sources[edit]

  • Flood, Gavin D. (1996), An Introduction to Hinduism, Cambridge University Press 
  • Khanna, Meenakshi (2007), Cultural History Of Medieval India, Berghahn Books 
  • Kulke, Hermann; Rothermund, Dietmar (2004), A History of India, Routledge 
  • Michaels, Axel (2004), Hinduism. Past and present, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press 
  • Misra, Amalendu (2004), Identity and Religion: Foundations of Anti-Islamism in India, SAGE 
  • Muesse, Mark William (2003), Great World Religions: Hinduism 
  • Muesse, Mark W. (2011), The Hindu Traditions: A Concise Introduction, Fortress Press 
  • Smart, Ninian (2003), Godsdiensten van de wereld (The World's religions), Kampen: Uitgeverij Kok 
  • Stein, Burton (2010), A History of India, John Wiley & Sons 
  • Thapar, Romila (1978), Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations (PDF), Orient Blackswan