An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

by Raymond Brady Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052165422X

ISBN-13: 9780521654227

Pub. Date: 02/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a comprehensive study of a modern form of Hinduism that is growing in the place of its birth in the Indian state of Gujarat and among Indian immigrants in East Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. It is the most prominent form of transnational Hinduism because it creates networks that define and preserve ethnic and religious identity in the

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This book is a comprehensive study of a modern form of Hinduism that is growing in the place of its birth in the Indian state of Gujarat and among Indian immigrants in East Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. It is the most prominent form of transnational Hinduism because it creates networks that define and preserve ethnic and religious identity in the modern context of rapid mobility and communication. Founded by Swaminarayan (1781-1830), a religious reformer in a time of great social and political change in Gujarat, Swaminarayan Hinduism expounds a path of devotion to Swaminarayan as the final, perfect manifestation of God. Professor Williams provides a detailed introduction to the history, theology, discipline, and ritual of this important form of Hinduism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521654227
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Introduction to Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
1,019,158
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The beginnings of Swaminarayan Hinduism; 2. Growth, administration and schism; 3. The structure of Swaminarayan theology; 4. The sacred world; 5. Dharma: the disciplined life; 6. The sacred thread: transmission of tradition; 7. Transnational growth of Swaminarayan Hinduism.

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