Hinduism: A Reader / Edition 1

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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 Bhagavad 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781405149907
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,022,303
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (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



Part I: Classical Texts.

1 The Vedas.

2 Upanisads.

3 The Jaiminigrhyasutra.

4 The Mahabharata.

5 The Bhagavad Gita.

6 The Ramayana of Valmiki.

7 The Puranas, Stories of the Ancient Past.

8 The Bhagavata Purana.

9 Manavadharmasastra, The Law Code of Manu.

Part II: Contemporary Texts and Issues .

10 Papers Relating to East India Affairs, viz. Hindoo Windows, and Voluntary Immolations.

11 Raja Rammohan Ray (1772–1833).

12 Dr B.R. Ambedkar (1891–1956).

13 The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

14 Kancha Ilaiah’s Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture, and Political Economy.

15 Hindutva: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism.

16 The Constitution of India.


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