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Where the word hinduism came from?

In Ancient Indian history, where the word Hinduism came from?


  • The -ism suffix shows that it's a modern European word, not an ancient Indian one.

    According to the OED, the hind- part came from ancient Persian — for the river and the province of the Persian Empire. The Persian word, they say, was taken from the Sanskrit sindhu 'river'.

    When Muslims invade Northern India, they used the Persian word hindu

    • for the region — Hindustan
    • for those inhabitants who would not convert to Islam — Hindus

    Europeans such as the British extended Hindustan and Hindus to refer to a much larger region and to all followers of the religion. The suffix -ism was added (as in many European languages) to create an abstract noun.

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