An Introduction to Hinduism Book
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An Introduction to Hinduism

  • Author : Gavin D. Flood
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1996-07-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN 10 : 0521438780

An Introduction to Hinduism Excerpt :

This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India. An Introduction to Hinduism examines the ideas of dharma, particularly in relation to the ideology of kingship, caste and world renunciation. Dr Flood also introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship about the nature of Hinduism. It is suitable both for the student and for the general reader.

Hinduism Book


  • Author : Sadhu Vivekjivandas
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:1244795705

Hinduism Excerpt :

"Informs readers about the spiritual, cultural and social heritage of Hinduism. Part I features a brief history and core beliefs of Hinduism, its sacred texts, various denominations, mandirs, holy men and women, sacred places, rivers, festivals, rituals, and sacred symbols and objects. Part II features sadhana, great devotees of God, rishi-scientists of India, Hindu perceptions, Hindu way of life, Hindu reformers, concept of creation, and frequently asked questions on Hinduism."--Page 4 of cover.

The Hindu Way Book

The Hindu Way

  • Author : Shashi Tharoor
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Hinduism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9388292855

The Hindu Way Excerpt :

The Hindu Way: An Introduction to Hinduism, the new book by bestselling author Shashi Tharoor, whose last three books have sold over a quarter of a million copies in hardback, is the perfect introduction to one of the world's oldest, largest and most complex religions. Although there are hundreds of books on Hinduism, there are only a few which provide a lucid, accessible, yet deeply layered account of the religion's numerous belief systems, schools of thought, sects, tenets, scriptures, deities, rituals, customs, festivals and philosophies. This book is one of them.

Introduction to Hindu Dharma Book

Introduction to Hindu Dharma

  • Author : Michael Oren Fitzgerald
  • Publisher : World Wisdom, Inc
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN 10 : 9781933316482

Introduction to Hindu Dharma Excerpt :

"Introduction to Hindu Dharma consists of selections from the more than 4,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994). It covers the topics of prayer and virtue, metaphysical truth, and the conflict between traditional Hindu dharma and modernity. A sage in the Sankara tradition, the Jagadguru was one of the most beloved and honored spiritual figures of the twentieth century in India and much of Asia and Europe. This book has the distinction of introducing both the sage and his spiritual legacy to the Western world in the form of an irreplaceable introduction to Hinduism."--BOOK JACKET.

Hinduism in America Book

Hinduism in America

  • Author : Michael J. Altman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 100328387X

Hinduism in America Excerpt :

"Hinduism in America: An Introduction is a concise introduction to the long history of religion in the encounter between America and India. It is not a book that will tell you what Hinduism is, rather it is an introduction to the variety of ways Hinduism has been represented, constructed, and practiced in the United States. Americans have been interested in the religions of India since the colonial period and, by the late nineteenth century, the first Hindu teachers arrived in the United States. Throughout the twentieth century, interest in Hinduism and yoga grew, even as anti-Asian and anti-immigrant politics and policies in America intensified. When the Cold War led to changes in U.S. immigration policy in 1965, new immigrant communities arrived in the United States and built new Hindu institutions. Hinduism in America is an accessible introduction to these developments of Hinduism in the United States. Each chapter in Hinduism in America uses a key theoretical term in the study of religion to frame explore a variety of historical topics including: American missionary encounters with India representations of Hindu religions in American literature world religions and Hinduism vedanta yoga Hinduism in the American counterculture of the 1960s immigrant Hindu communities in the United States. Hinduism in America provides an overview of the multifaceted history of Hinduism in America. Ideal for students and scholars approaching the topic for the first time, the book includes sections in each chapter that provide useful theoretical terms for understanding that multifaceted history"--

Hinduism and Law Book

Hinduism and Law

  • Author : Timothy Lubin
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139493581

Hinduism and Law Excerpt :

Covering the earliest Sanskrit rulebooks through to the codification of 'Hindu law' in modern times, this interdisciplinary volume examines the interactions between Hinduism and the law. The authors present the major transformations to India's legal system in both the colonial and post colonial periods and their relation to recent changes in Hinduism. Thematic studies show how law and Hinduism relate and interact in areas such as ritual, logic, politics, and literature, offering a broad coverage of South Asia's contributions to religion and law at the intersection of society, politics and culture. In doing so, the authors build on previous treatments of Hindu law as a purely text-based tradition, and in the process, provide a fascinating account of an often neglected social and political history.

Hinduism Book
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  • Author : Kim Knott
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198745549

Hinduism Excerpt :

Hinduism is practised by about 80% of India's population, and by about 30,000,000 people outside India. But how is Hinduism defined, and what basis does the religion have? This work gives concise insights into the central preoccupations of Hinduism.

A Brief Introduction to Hinduism Book

A Brief Introduction to Hinduism

  • Author : Tim Dowley
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506450353

A Brief Introduction to Hinduism Excerpt :

This brief introduction to Hinduism is designed to help readers understand this important religious tradition. With both nuance and balance, this text provides broad coverage of various forms of Hinduism with an arresting layout with rich colors. It offers both historical overviews and modern perspectives on Hindu beliefs and practices. The user-friendly content is enhanced by charts of religious festivals, historic timelines, updated maps, and a useful glossary. It is ideal for courses on Hinduism and South Asian religions and will be a useful, concise reference for all readers eager to know more about this important religious tradition and its place in our contemporary world.

Hinduism Today Book

Hinduism Today

  • Author : Stephen Jacobs
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010-04-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441138200

Hinduism Today Excerpt :

Understanding Hinduism today requires an understanding of how it is practised in the contemporary world. Stephen Jacob's new introduction tackles these central issues, beginning with case studies of the grassroots practice of Hinduism in India and in diaspora communities. He covers issues of singular importance in the modern study of Hinduism, including the importance and role of mass media to this essentially orally transmitted religion. Other major areas covered include the concept of Hindu dharma, particularly in relation to caste, gender and Hindu nationalism, key and often controversial concepts in Hinduism.

Introduction to Hinduism Book

Introduction to Hinduism

  • Author : Jayaram V
  • Publisher : Pure Life Vision
  • Release Date : 2012-07-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 1935760114

Introduction to Hinduism Excerpt :

Hinduism is the oldest living religion of the world and the most complex in terms of its philosophy and practices. This volume looks at the antiquity, definition, and significance of Hinduism, providing a thorough and scholarly understanding of the basic and essential aspects of the eternal tradition useful to both lay practitioners and students.

Hinduism Book


  • Author : Klaus K. Klostermaier
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-11-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780740263

Hinduism Excerpt :

A fresh introduction to an ancient religion Explaining the origins, beliefs, scriptures and philosophies of this ancient religion, Klaus K. Klostermaier succeeds in capturing the rich diversity of rituals and gods that comprise Hinduism, while keeping the tone both engaging and informative. Covering contemporary issues such as the relationship between Hinduism and modern Western ideas, and imminent challenges the religion faces, this sweeping exploration of a fascinating and long-lasting belief system is essential reading for students, followers, and interested readers alike.

The Secret of the Three Cities Book

The Secret of the Three Cities

  • Author : Douglas Renfrew Brooks
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1990-09-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0226075699

The Secret of the Three Cities Excerpt :

The esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantrism have profoundly influenced the development of Indian thought and civilization. Emerging from elements of yoga and wisdom traditions, shamanism, alchemy, eroticism, and folklore, Tantrism began to affect brahmanical Hinduism in the ninth century. Nevertheless, Tantrism and its key historical figures have been ignored by scholars. This accessible work introduces the concepts and practices of Hindu Sakta Tantrism to all those interested in Hinduism and the comparative study of religion.

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology Book
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An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology

  • Author : Swami Paramtattvadas
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 377
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107158672

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology Excerpt :

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology provides a comprehensive doctrinal account of the Swaminarayan tradition's belief system, drawing on its rich corpus of theological literature, including the teachings of Swaminarayan himself and classical commentaries on canonical Vedāntic texts.

Hinduism For Dummies Book
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Hinduism For Dummies

  • Author : Amrutur V. Srinivasan
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2011-06-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118110775

Hinduism For Dummies Excerpt :

Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a widevariety of religious traditions and philosophies that havedeveloped over thousands of years. Today, the United States is hometo approximately one million Hindus. If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for areference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices,and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism ForDummies is for you! Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popularworld belief system Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachingsassociated with the practice of Hinduism Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, andUpanishads Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduismaround the world Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies isyour hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.

Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism Book

Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

  • Author : Raymond Brady Williams
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 293
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108421140

Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism Excerpt :

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.