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Peter Heehs is an American historian living in Pondicherry, India who writes on modern Indian history, Indian spirituality and religion. Much of his work focuses on the Indian political and spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo. His publications include nine books and more than forty articles in journals and magazines.

Peter Heehs was born and educated in the United States but has lived in India since 1971. He has worked as an editor at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives since its founding, and has contributed to the editing of the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library and The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.

As a historian of modern India, Heehs has written on the swadeshi period of the Indian independence movement and on the early phase of the Indian revolutionary movement. His 1992 study The Bomb in Bengal highlighted the importance of the Maniktala secret society, which was a predecessor of the Jugantar Group. In this book and other publications, Heehs made it clear that the Indian freedom struggle had a violent as well as a non-violent side, and that the violent revolutionaries helped prepare the country psychologically for the later mass movements lead by Mahatma Gandhi. In the second edition of The Bomb in Bengal (2004), Heehs distinguished the aims and methods of early Indian revolutionaries from those of later terrorists in India and elsewhere.

Heehs has also written on problems of Indian historiography in History and Theory, Postcolonial Studies, and other journals. He has also contributed to popular magazines such as History Today.

As a scholar of religion, Heehs has edited the textbook Indian Religions and has contributed to journals and edited volumes dealing with new religious movements in India. He has also discussed the problems of Indian communalism.

Heehs's ninth book, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (Columbia University Press, 2008) was intended for scholarly readers. It received positive reviews in the United States, but was objected to by conservative devotees of Aurobindo, who have delayed the publication of the book in India.

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Total Books: 12
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
The Bomb in Bengal The Rise of Revolutionary Terrorism in India 1900-1910
La Vie de Sri Aurobindo
2003 - La VIe De Sri Aurobindo (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782268044774
ISBN-10: 2268044777

Indian Religions A Historical Reader of Spiritual Expression and Experience
The Essential Writings of Sri Aurobindo
2000 - The Essential Writings of Sri Aurobindo (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195649765
ISBN-10: 0195649761

Nationalism Terrorism Communalism Essays in Modern Indian History
1998 - Nationalism Terrorism Communalism Essays in Modern Indian History (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195643138
ISBN-10: 0195643135

Sri Aurobindo A Brief Biography
1989 - Sri Aurobindo a Brief Biography [Oxford Paperbacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195623079
ISBN-10: 019562307X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947 A Short History
1988 - India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947 a Short History [Oxford India Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195627985
ISBN-10: 0195627989
Genre: History

India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947
India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195622041
ISBN-10: 0195622049

Nationalism Terrorism Communalism Essays in Modern Indian History
Nationalism Terrorism Communalism Essays in Modern Indian History [Oxford India Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195653021
ISBN-10: 0195653025
Genres: History, Nonfiction