Hinduism and Modernity / Edition 1

Hinduism and Modernity / Edition 1

by David Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631208623

ISBN-13: 9780631208624

Pub. Date: 02/12/2003

Publisher: Wiley

This innovative book offers a dynamic analysis of Hinduism in the perspective of Western notions of modernity. After reviewing definitions of modernity and Hinduism and looking at modernity in India, the author considers Hinduism in relation to Islam and the West. The second half of the book presents key aspects of Hinduism, ancient and modern, in the light of

Overview

This innovative book offers a dynamic analysis of Hinduism in the perspective of Western notions of modernity. After reviewing definitions of modernity and Hinduism and looking at modernity in India, the author considers Hinduism in relation to Islam and the West. The second half of the book presents key aspects of Hinduism, ancient and modern, in the light of their contrast with modernity.

The scope of the book is extremely broad, covering topics such as Orientalism, women, goddesses, gods, and the central problem of contemporary Hinduism – the rise of Hindu nationalism.

The book will be of interest not only to students of Hinduism but also to all those interested in the sociology of religion more broadly, and indeed everyone interested in the conjunction of modernity and tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631208624
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/2003
Series:
Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceviii
Acknowledgementsxii
Part IHinduism and Modernity Explained1
1Modernity and Hinduism3
2India and the Juggernaut of Modernity21
3Hinduism Ancient and Modern33
Part IIHinduism for Others47
4Islam and Hinduism49
5The European Discovery of Hinduism65
6Hinduism and Orientalism85
Part IIIHinduism Contrasted with Modernity103
7'Woman Caste' (aurat jati) and the Gender of Modernity105
8Kali East and West120
9The Gods of Hinduism and the Idols of Modernity138
10The Image of the Self151
Part IVHinduism Today165
11Gurus167
12Modernity and Hindu Nationalism181
13Hinduism and the Global Future199
Notes204
References220
Index239

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