Hinduism

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Six studies of six faiths.

The World Religions series explores the major religions of our world today. Focusing on the six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, each title looks first at one person's experience, and then examines the facts, arguments and opinions from around the globe. Special debate panels, supported by a wealth of resource material, invite the reader to discuss the issues that are ...

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Overview

Six studies of six faiths.

The World Religions series explores the major religions of our world today. Focusing on the six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, each title looks first at one person's experience, and then examines the facts, arguments and opinions from around the globe. Special debate panels, supported by a wealth of resource material, invite the reader to discuss the issues that are currently shaping our world.

Young readers will learn about their own faiths and will receive answers to important questions such as: What is Jewish Law? What is enlightenment? Do Sikhs believe in an afterlife? Should we question the truth of religious books such as the Bible? What does the Hindu way of life aim for? These questions and many more are explored in detail, providing readers with a glossary and resource guide for further reading.

Written by educators, these books are well researched, carefully written, and are credible resources for young students. Parents will appreciate the open and sensitive treatment of each religion. The World Religions series is an important contribution to helping increase cultural awareness and promote tolerance.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Opening with the first person account of a 15-year-old British Hindu boy, this title in the publisher's "World Religions" series answers a range of questions framed in the titles of its chapters: "What is Hinduism?" "How Did Hinduism Begin?" "How Do Hindus Live?" "How Do Hindus Worship?" "How Has Hinduism Changed Over Time?" "What Challenges Do Hindus Face Today?" Each chapter also includes a debate topic with suggested pro and con positions so that young readers can grapple with the complexities of some of the unfamiliar ideas they might encounter. The material in each chapter feels current and relevant to children today, and the author takes pains to include material reflecting the diversity of viewpoints and traditions seen in contemporary Hindu communities and practices. Photographs illustrate the straightforward text and offer a balance between traditional and contemporary images. Text boxes spotlight topics related to the religion such as yoga, the Sanskrit language, rites of passage in a Hindu's life, the rise of Hindu-driven political forces in India, and more. Additionally, subjects such as genetic modification of plants, and shifting immigrant identities, offer windows to the continuing evolution in the opinions and sensibilities of people around the world who call themselves Hindus. The "Further Information" page includes books, the locations of selected temples and Hindu organizations in the US and Canada, and web sites and organizations to contact for additional information. Other back matter includes maps showing distribution of Hindus around the world, a time-line, places of Hindu pilgrimage, a glossary, brief descriptions of all the six world religions covered in theseries, and an index. Other titles in this series include Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In general this Canadian series offers a much more comprehensive and sensitive presentation than can be found in many comparable books published in the U.S. 2004, Whitecap Books, Ages 10 up.
—Uma Krishnaswami
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552856550
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: World Religions
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 966,392
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ranchor Prime is a member of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture and has worked to develop practical projects and educational material for the understanding of religion and environmental issues.

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Table of Contents

Sanjay's Story

What is Hinduism?

How Did Hinduism Begin?

How Do Hindus Live?

How Do Hindus Worship?

How Has Hinduism Changed Over Time?

What Challenges Do Hindus Face Today?

Reference

Glossary

Further Information

Index

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