Arya Samaj
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Although other Hindu sects and organizations may be more important today, it is no exaggeration to say that the Arya Samaj (lit. society of the nobles) was the most influential Hindu reform body during much of the 20th century. The foundation of the Arya Samaj by the Gujarati Brahman Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1824–1883) goe…

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Harald Fischer-Tiné, “Arya Samaj”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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