Hinduism: A Reader / Edition 1

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Hinduism: A Reader offers a comprehensive guide to this major world religion through a combination of passages from scriptures and excerpts from the work of leading scholars in the field.

  • Introduces students to the main textual, regional, intellectual, philosophical, historical, and contemporary traditions of the Hindu faith
  • Includes excerpts from both canonical ancient texts and thought-provoking contemporary texts to offer a balanced overview of the religion
  • Features selections that are concise without sacrificing essential material
  • Provides clearly written introductions to each section that help situate the readings within the wider context of Hindu scholarship.
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"The book represents a turning point for the Digital Humanities by bringing together a wide range of expertise from both theorists and practitioners and demonstrating that this can be considered a field in its own right." (Classical Review, October 2008)

"Sarma has done a good job … .An excellent collection for use in the classroom and for the interested reader." (Expository Times, December 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405149891
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Sarma is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     1
Classical Texts     3
The Vedas     5
The Upanisads     24
The Jaiminigrhyasutra     69
The Mahabharata     88
The Bhagavad Gita     121
The Ramayana of Valmiki     142
The Puranas, Stories of the Ancient Past     172
The Bhagavata Purana     201
Manavadharmasastra, The Law Code of Manu     222
Contemporary Texts and Issues     283
Papers Relating to East India Affairs, viz. Hindoo Widows, and Voluntary Immolations     285
Raja Rammohan Ray (1772-1833)     301
Dr B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956)     311
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955     346
Kancha Ilaiah's Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture, and Political Economy     359
Hindutva: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism     373
The Constitution of India     391
Index     397
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