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The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism / Edition 1

The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism / Edition 1

by Gavin Flood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631215352

ISBN-13: 9780631215356

Pub. Date: 02/15/2003

Publisher: Wiley

An ideal resource for courses on Hinduism or world religions, this accessible volume spans the entire field of Hindu studies. It provides a forum for the best scholars in the world to make their views and research available to a wider audience.

  • Comprehensively covers the textual traditions of Hinduism
  • Features four coherent

Overview

An ideal resource for courses on Hinduism or world religions, this accessible volume spans the entire field of Hindu studies. It provides a forum for the best scholars in the world to make their views and research available to a wider audience.

  • Comprehensively covers the textual traditions of Hinduism
  • Features four coherent sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics
  • Reflects the trend away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism towards tradition and regional-specific studies
  • Includes material on Hindu folk religions and stresses the importance of region in analyzing Hinduism
  • Ideal for use on university courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631215356
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.11(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Preface.

Introduction: Establishing the Boundaries: Gavin Flood.

Part I: Theoretical Issues:.

1. Colonialism and the Construction of Hinduism: Gauri Visvanathan.

2. Orientalism and Hinduism: David Smith.

Part II: Text and Tradition:.

The Sanskrit Textual Traditions:.

3. Vedas and Upanisads: Michael Witzel.

4. The Dharmaúâstras: Ludo Rocher.

5. The Sanskrit Epics: John Brockington.

6. The Purânas: Freda Matchett.

Textual Traditions in Regional Languages:.

7. Tamil Hindu Literature: Norman Cutler.

8. The Literature of Hinduism in Malayalam: Rich Freeman.

9. North Indian Hindi Devotional Literature: Nancy M. Martin.

Major Historical Developments:.

10. The Úaiva Traditions: Gavin Flood.

11. History of Vaisnava Traditions: Gérard Colas.

12. The Renouncer Tradition: Patrick Olivelle.

13. The Householder Tradition in Hindu Society: T.N. Madan.

Regional Traditions:.

14. The Teyyam Tradition of Kerala: Rich Freeman.

15. The Month of Kârtik And Women's Ritual Devotions to Krsna in Benares: Tracy Pinchman.

Part III: Systematic Thought:.

The Indian Sciences:.

Introduction: Frits Staal.

16. The Science of Language: Frits Staal.

17. Indian Mathematics: Takao Hayashi.

18. Calendar, Astrology and Astronomy: Michio Yano.

19. The Science of Medicine: Dominik Wujastyk.

Philosophy and Theology:.

20. Hinduism and the Proper Work of Reason: Jonardon Ganeri.

21. Restoring "Hindu Theology" as a Category in Indian Intellectual Discourse: Francis Clooney.

22. Mantra: André Padoux.

Part IV: Society, Politics, and Nation:.

23. On the Relationship between Caste and Hinduism: Declan Quigley.

24. Modernity, Reform and Revival: Dermot Killingley.

25. Contemporary Political Hinduism: C. Ram Prasad.

26. The Goddess and the Nation: Subterfuges of Antiquity, the Cunning of Modernity: Sumathi Ramaswamy.

27. Gender in a Devotional Universe: Vasudha Narayanan.

Index.

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