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Much has been written about the historical origins of the unity of Hinduism. Hindu difference has been read through the lens of the term “sectarianism,” a concept that translates devotion as dissent, and community as a potential precursor to communalism. In Hindu Pluralism
, Elaine. M. Fisher argues that it is the plurality of Hindu religious identities, and their embodiment and contestation in public space, that first reveals the emergence of Hinduism as a unified religion in south India and an integral feature of a distinctively Indic early modernity prior to British Colonialism.