Hindus dating

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Hindus dating

Among the earliest known records of 'Hindu' with connotations of religion may be in the 7th-century CE Chinese text Record of the Western Regions by the Buddhist scholar Xuanzang.Xuanzang uses the transliterated term In-tu whose "connotation overflows in the religious" according to Arvind Sharma.

These texts called followers of Islam as Mohamedans, and all others as Hindus.In the texts of Delhi Sultanate era, states Sharma, the term Hindu remains ambiguous on whether it means people of a region or religion, giving the example of Ibn Battuta's explanation of the name "Hindu Kush" for a mountain range in Afghanistan.It was so called, wrote Ibn Battuta, because many Indian slaves died there of snow cold, as they were marched across that mountain range.The term 'Hindu' meant people who were non-Muslims, and it included Buddhists of the region.In the 11th-century text of Al Biruni, Hindus are referred to as "religious antagonists" to Islam, as those who believe in rebirth, presents them to hold a diversity of beliefs, and seems to oscillate between Hindus holding a centralist and pluralist religious views.

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While Xuanzang suggested that the term refers to the country named after the moon, another Buddhist scholar I-tsing contradicted the conclusion saying that In-tu was not a common name for the country.

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