The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

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by Wendy Doniger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594202052

ISBN-13: 9781594202056

Pub. Date: 03/19/2009

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

"Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
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An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly

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"Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account. Many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated within a century; its central tenets arise at particular moments in Indian history and often differ according to gender or caste; and the differences between groups of Hindus far outnumber the commonalities. Yet the greatness of Hinduism lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continues to inspire debate today. This groundbreaking work elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594202056
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

India's Major Geographical Features xi

India from 2500 BCE to 600 CE xii

India from 600 CE to 1600 CE xiii

India from 1600 CE to the Present xiv

List of Illustrations xv

Preface: The Man or the Rabbit in the Moon 1

1 Introduction: Working with Available Light 17

2 Time and Space in India: 50 Million to 50,000 BCE 50

3 Civilization in the Indus Valley: 50,000 to 1500 BCE 65

4 Between the Ruins and the Text: 2000 to 1500 BCE 85

5 Humans, Animals, and Gods in the Rig Veda: 1500 to 1000 BCE 103

6 Sacrifice in the Brahmanas: 800 to 500 BCE 135

7 Renunciation in the Upanishads: 600 to 200 BCE 164

8 The Three (or Is It Four?) Aims of Life in the Hindu Imaginary 199

9 Women and Ogresses in the Ramayana: 400 BCE to 200 CE 212

10 Violence in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CE 252

11 Dharma in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CE 277

12 Escape Clauses in the Shastras: 100 BCE to 400 CE 304

13 Bhakti in South India: 100 BCE to 900 CE 338

14 Goddesses and Gods in the Early Puranas: 300 to 600 CE 370

15 Sects and Sex in the Tantric Puranas and the Tantras: 600 to 900 CE 406

16 Fusion and Rivalry Under the Delhi Sultanate: 650 to 1500 CE 445

17 Avatar and Accidental Grace in the Later Puranas: 800 to 1500 CE 473

18 Philosophical Feuds in South India and Kashmir: 800 to 1300 CE 503

19 Dialogue and Tolerance Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CE 527

20 Hinduism Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CE 551

21 Caste, Class, and Conversion Under the British Raj: 1600 to 1900 CE 574

22 Suttee and Reform in the Twilight of the Raj: 1800 to 1947 CE 610

23 Hindus in America: 1900- 636

24 The Past in the Present: 1950- 654

25 Inconclusion, or, the Abuse of History 687

Acknowledgments 691

Chronology 693

Guide to Pronunciation and Spelling of Words in Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages 695

Abbreviations 696

Glossary of Terms in Indian Languages and Names of Key Figures 697

Notes 704

Bibliography: Works Cited and Consulted 729

Photo Credits 754

Index 755

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