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The First Hindu Mission to AMERICA
Book ID NBC1055
ISBN No. 81-7211-281-5
Book Name The First Hindu Mission to AMERICA
Book sub-title The Pioneering Visits of Ptotap Chunder Mozoomdar
Author/s name/s : Mullick Sunrit
Publisher Name Northern Book Centre
Publishing Year 2010
Book Price (Printed) INR 850  USD 40 
Book Price (Our Price) INR 765  USD 36 
Book Size 22 x 14 cms.
Book Page xxiv + 260
Book Weight 480 gms

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Book Summary


This book positions Brahmo Samaj leader Protap Chunder Mozoomdar as the originator of the Hindu mission movement to the United States of America in the late 19th century. It is known that Protap Mozoomdar, together with Swami Vivekananda, represented Hinduism at the Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893. But what has missed the focus of scholars is that Mozoomdar visited the United States ten years earlier in 1883, making him the pioneer of the Hindu mission movement to the United States.


The book is the first detailed study of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar in America.


It is written through primary research on American newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts, diaries and archival material available in American libraries, and material in possession of the author.

On the whole, the book presents new information of interest to both the general reader and the scholarly community.

Book Content






I. Rise and Development of the Brahmo Samaj: Rammohun Roy and Debendranath Tagore

Rammohun Roy and the Brahmo Samaj; Debendranath Tagore and the Brahmo Samaj; References

II. Keshub Chunder Sen and the Brahmo Samaj: From Vedantic Hinduism to World Religions

Keshub’s Rise in the Brahmo Samaj (1857-1869); The Brahmo Samaj of India and its Apostolic Community (1870-1879); The New Dispensation (1880-1883); References

III. Protap Chunder Mozoomdar and the Brahmo Samaj

On the Missionary Path; References

IV. Protap Chunder Mozoomdar in America: The First Mission, 1883

The Oriental Christ

Pioneer of Eastern Self-Interpretation to America: Cultural Ambassador of Modern India; References

V. The Second Mission to America, 1893

The Indian Interlude; The American Interlude: Jenkin Lloyd Jones and the Parliament of Religions; Protap Mozoomdar and Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament of Religions: Two Interpretations of Hinduism and Universal Religion; After the Parliament Heart-Beats and The Spirit of God; References

VI. The Final Visit to America, 1900

The American Interlude; The Indian Interlude; The Max Muller-Protap Mozoomdar Correspondence; Other Activities Seventy-five Years of Brahmo-Unitarian Interaction: Protap Mozoomdar’s last visit to America; References

VII. The New Dispensation: Theology and Praxis

The New Dispensation; Refutation and Establishment of Philosophical Position; The Doctrine of Great Men; Pilgrimage to the Prophets; Comments; A Chaotic Interpretation of Keshub and the New Dispensation: Meredith Borthwick’s Keshub Chunder Sen: A Search for Cultural Synthesis; References

VIII. The Pioneering Visits of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar to America: The Message, Its Outcome and its Implications

l. The Message;
     A. Information about Modern India;
     B. What India Needed from America: Support for the Brahmo Cause;
     C. What America Needed: Personal Spirituality and World Religions;

2. The Outcome of His Missions;
3. The Spirit of God in East and West; References

Select Utterances of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar


1. Table of Operations in America, 1883;
2. Major Works of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar (1840-1905);
3A. Major Works of Gour Govind Roy, Upadhyaya (1841-1912);
3B. Major Works of Aghore Nath Gupta, Sadhu (1841-1881);
3C. Major Works of Girish Chunder Sen, Moulvi (1835-1910);
3D. Major Works of Troilokya Nath Sanyal, Sangeetacarya (1840-1916);
4A. List of Brahmo and Unitarian Scholars at Manchester College, England;
4B. List of Brahmo Scholars at Meadville Theological School, Pennsylvania & Chicago

Newspapers & Periodicals; Archival Materials/Special Collections; India-US/Brahmo-Unitarian Interaction; Brahmo Samaj & Nineteenth-Century India; Brahmo Samaj: Recent Works; Unitarian Universalism; General Background Material; Enclyclopedias, etc. 


Select Bibliography


Book Reviews
Reviewed On:Saturday, February 6, 2010
For anyone who has any interest at all in the 19th century Indian and Bengali renaissance, in modern Indian-American relations, in early inter-faith relations, in 19th century Unitarians, or in the Brahmo Samaj, Sunrit Mullick's The First Hindu Mission to America: The Pioneering Visits of Protap Chunder Mozoomdar is a fascinating and delightful read, one that will be enjoyed for its informative, insightful, even-handed look into a phase of our history that is too easily forgotten. Initially a doctoral dissertation more than two decades ago, it is wonderful to have this account of one attempt to frame a “universal religion” available to all as a book. It's a wonderful book!
Reviewed By : Gene Reeves, International Advisor, Rissho Kosei-kai and the International Buddhist Congregation, Visiting Professor, The University of Peking, China
Reviewed On:Thursday, February 4, 2010
Sunrit Mullick's The First Hindu Mission to America has provided a much-needed antidote to the overly reductive depictions of Orientalist historians. He successfully argues that Protap Chunder Mozoomdar was the first and most well-travelled and well-connected of the late nineteenth century religious visitors. Mullick portrays Mozoomdar's Hindu Protestantism in a more nuanced way than prior historians, who have routinely mistaken Mozoomdar's commitment to Jesus as a sign of weak conversion. This book demonstrates that as the heir to the New Dispensation of the Brahmo Samaj, Mozoomdar crafted a sophisticated and creative universal religion that seamlessly brought together modern science, prophethood, and personal spiritual development.