Hinduism: A Short History

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An informative study of Hindu history that moves swiftly but thoroughly through the ages, from the early emergence of the Vedic tradition, to developments in twentieth-century Hinduism.
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Oneworld has become one of the most successful publishers of books on world religions, fostering works that are remarkably thought-provoking without being pedantic or inaccessible. Their well-integrated series of single-volume works introduces the major religions (subtitled A Short Introduction), outlines their history (subtitled A Short History), provides biographies of their founders (subtitled A Short Biography), or gives access to topics in dictionary form (titled A Concise Encyclopedia of...). While the volumes vary somewhat in quality and length, they are all interesting and frequently offer new perspectives, at least for the lay reader. They also indirectly underscore the overlapping of the spiritual paths of the great religions. These two volumes are no exception. Klostermaier (A Survey of Hinduism) addresses "Hinduism" as a collection of indigenous Indian religions, myths, and modes of worship that have mutually influenced one another for millennia. He traces not so much the facts of Indian religious history as the development of the story and tradition of Indian spirituality through the development and transformation of myths about Indra in the Vedic period, through worship of Vishnu, Shiva, and other deities, to the complex responses of modern India to the inroads of Islam, Christianity, and colonialism. Klostermaier deals with controversial interpretations of history in a frank and careful manner. The works in this series of short histories include helpful chronologies, glossaries, and bibliographies. Ward's introduction to Christianity is surprisingly interesting, considering the array of literature about the faith. Ward (Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford) enlightensthrough a short and chaste presentation of the major elements of Christian belief. Each motif is examined from three differing perspectives, treating each viewpoint fairly, with an apparent sympathy for the feelings of those who hold to each perspective. The result is an articulate presentation of diverse approaches to Christianity's central concerns. Ward's personal commitment to Christian faith is unfettered by any doctrinaire or close-minded approach. These works, and others in the Oneworld series, are highly recommended for college, public, theological, and personal libraries.--William P. Collins, Library of Congress Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A Short History of Two Cities: A Microcosm of Hinduism 18
3 The Beginnings of Hinduism: A Controversy 34
4 A Short History of Vedic Religion 47
5 A Short History of Vaisnavism 80
6 A Short History of Saivism 135
7 A Short History of Saktism 188
8 Smartas - Traditional Hindu Universalists 226
9 A Short History of Hindu Philosophy 230
10 A Short History of Modern Hinduism 266
Chronology 285
Glossary 291
Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography 308
Select Bibliography 309
Index 331
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