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Holy War: Violence and the Bhagavad Gita

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This series of scholarly essays explores modern parallels to the war depicted in the ancient Indian story Bhagavad Gita, using it as a starting point to discuss whether violence in the name of religious observance can ever be justifiable. Rosen (the author of several books on East-Indian spirituality) edits essays covering Gandhi and nonviolence; abuse of ethics and morals to justify religious violence; and the Islamic jihad in relation to the war of the Bhagavad Gita. Scholars from varied fields and religious ...
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Overview

This series of scholarly essays explores modern parallels to the war depicted in the ancient Indian story Bhagavad Gita, using it as a starting point to discuss whether violence in the name of religious observance can ever be justifiable. Rosen (the author of several books on East-Indian spirituality) edits essays covering Gandhi and nonviolence; abuse of ethics and morals to justify religious violence; and the Islamic jihad in relation to the war of the Bhagavad Gita. Scholars from varied fields and religious backgrounds write the essays. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937194447
  • Publisher: Deepak, A Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Indic Heritage Ser.
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction 1
Kurukshetra in Context: An Analysis of Violence in the Bhagavad Gita 9
Where is Kuruksetra? 35
Sri Aurobindo and the Gita 43
Gandhi, Nonviolence and the Bhagavad-gita 59
Ahimsa and the Bhagavad-gita: A Gandhian Perspective 81
Of Meat-Eaters and Grass-Eaters: An Exploration of Human Nature 99
Pursuing the Gita: From Gandhi to Doniger 117
Violence in the Bible and the Bhagavad-gita 127
Ahimsa in the Mahabharata 145
The Use and Abuse of Holy War Imagery 163
Bhagavad-gita: Seeing Nonviolence in the Violent Play of God 203
About the Contributors 215
Subject Index 219
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