Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

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Hinduism is practiced by about 80 percent of India's population and by about 30 million people outside India. Here, Kim Knott provides clear insight into the beliefs of Hindus and considers the challenges posed to Hinduism at the end of the 20th century--as concerns are raised about such issues as dowry death, caste prejudice, and the place of women in Hindu society. Illustrated.
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Overview

Hinduism is practiced by about 80 percent of India's population and by about 30 million people outside India. Here, Kim Knott provides clear insight into the beliefs of Hindus and considers the challenges posed to Hinduism at the end of the 20th century--as concerns are raised about such issues as dowry death, caste prejudice, and the place of women in Hindu society. Illustrated.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 171,828
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Kim Knott is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Community Religions Project at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

1. The scholar and the devotee
2. Knowledge and revelation
3. Understanding the self
4. Divine heroes: the epic tradition
5. The divine presence
6. Hinduism, colonialism, and modernity
7. Challenges to Hinduism: Women and Dalits
8. Crossing the black waters: Hinduism beyond India
Conclusion: Hind dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms

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