Hinduism: A Reader / Edition 1

Hinduism: A Reader / Edition 1

by Deepak Sarma
     
 

This new collection brings together the sacred scriptures of the Hindu tradition to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the classical form of one of the world’s oldest existing religions. Selections from the Vedas, the Upanisads, the Bhagvagad Gita and many more cover topics such as creation, sacrifice, birth, marriage and death and tell the

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This new collection brings together the sacred scriptures of the Hindu tradition to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the classical form of one of the world’s oldest existing religions. Selections from the Vedas, the Upanisads, the Bhagvagad Gita and many more cover topics such as creation, sacrifice, birth, marriage and death and tell the stories of the great Hindu gods. But over the last two hundred years reformed, anti and radical versions of Hinduism have emerged which question the laws, traditions and even the category of Hinduism itself.

Uniquely, this reader juxtaposes the classic scriptures with the works of reformers and radicals to illuminate the new face of contemporary Hinduism. With an introduction to each reading from editor Deepak Sarma, this reader is suitable for Hinduism courses of all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405149891
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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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