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Hinduism is a concise and readable survey of the history of Hinduism from its origins in the Indus Valley to its increasing popularity in today's western world. Focusing particularly on the modern period, it provides a valuable introduction to contemporary Hindu beliefs and practices and looks at the ways in which this religion is meeting the challenges of the modern world. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, this book gives a basic introduction to the faith—its history, beliefs, and practices. Provides valuable pedagogy, including: timeline; maps; glossary; list of sacred days/festivals; suggested reading; pronunciation guide; index; feature boxes focusing on some aspects of the arts; 11 black and white pictures and artworks. Readers interested in learning more about the world's religions.
Chronology of Hinduism.
1. Introduction to Hinduism and Hindus.
2. Philosophical Foundations.
3. Classical and Medieval Hinduism.
4. The Modern Period I: Hinduism in Practice.
5. The Modern Period II: Forces of Change.
6. Toward the Future.
Holy Days and Festivals.
Suggested Further Reading.