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Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
     

Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

by Kim Knott
 

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Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the

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Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana.

In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issues such as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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"This book is instantly accessible in its approach without being in any way condescending or an oversimplification. Each of the chapters tackles a crucial issue or web of interconnected issues, none of them straightforward and yet all conveyed with an elegance of simplicity that belies their inherent complexity."—Julia Leslie, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

"Strongly recommended both for its exemplification of the finest contemporary thinking in this area and its attention to central matters and issues."—Peter Doble, Theological Book Review

"A very accessible overview. The rich diversity within Hinduism is celebrated and the difficult questions are not avoided."—Inter-Faith Issues

"Accessible and enjoyable."—Arti Kacchia, ISKON Communications Journal

"Very readable and certainly the most helpful, with a new and original perspective conveyed in a succinct introductory style."—Ursula King, University of Bristol

"My students thoroughly enjoyed it."—Prakash Chenjen, Southern Oregon University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198745549
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2016
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
249,746
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Kim Knott is Professor of Religious and Secular Studies. Previously at the University of Leeds but now at Lancaster University, she teaches the study of religions, including Hinduism, and researches religious/secular controversies and religion in public life, focusing on the media, conflict and security. She has authored and edited a number of books, including Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred (Ashgate 2013) with Elizabeth Poole and Teemu Taira, Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities (2010) with Sean McLoughlin and The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis (2005). She has also produced a website for young people and teachers of Global Education, Citizenship, History and Geography called Moving People, Changing Places.

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