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The historical meaning of the term Hindu has evolved with time. Starting with the Persian and Greek references to India in the 1st millennium BCE through the texts of the medieval era, [ 4 ] the term Hindu implied a geographic, ethnic or cultural identifier for People living in Indian subcontinent around or beyond Sindhu (Indus ) river. [ 5 ] By the 16th-century, the term began to refer to residents of India who were not Turks or Muslims. [ 5 ] [ a ] [ b ]

A Hindu Wedding ritual in India.

The word Hindu is derived from the Indo-Aryan [ 18 ] and Sanskrit [ 18 ] [ 4 ] word Sindhu. which means "a large body of water", covering "river, ocean". [ 19 ] [ note 1 ] It was used as the name of the Indus River and also referred to its tributaries. The actual term 'hindu' first occurs, states Gavin Flood, as "a Persian geographical term for the People who lived beyond the River Indus (Sanskrit: Sindhu )", [ 4 ] more specifically in the 6th-century BCE inscription of Darius I. [ 20 ] The Punjab region. called Sapta Sindhava in the Vedas, is called Hapta Hindu in Zend Avesta. The 6th-century BCE inscription of Darius I mentions the province of Hi[n]dush. referring to northwestern India. [ 20 ] [ 21 ] [ 22 ] The People of India were referred to as Hinduvān (Hindus) and hindavī was used as the adjective for Indian in the 8th century text Chachnama . [ 22 ] The term 'Hindu' in these ancient records is an ethno-geographical term and did not refer to a religion. [ 4 ] [ 23 ] The Arabic equivalent Al-Hind likewise referred to the country of India. [ 24 ] [ 20 ]

Al-Biruni 's 11th-century text Tarikh Al-Hind. and the texts of the Delhi Sultanate period use the term 'Hindu', where it includes all non-Islamic People such as Buddhists, and retains the ambiguity of being "a region or a religion". [ 20 ] The 'Hindu' community occurs as the amorphous 'Other' of the Muslim community in the court chronicles, according to Romila Thapar. [ 25 ] Wilfred Cantwell Smith notes that 'Hindu' retained its geographical reference initially: 'Indian', 'indigenous, local', virtually 'native'. Slowly, the Indian groups themselves started using the term, differentiating themselves and their "traditional ways" from those of the invaders. [ 26 ]





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