Sources of Indian Tradition: From the Beginning to 1800 / Edition 2

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Since 1958 Sources of Indian Tradition has been one of the most important and widely used texts on civilization in South Asia (now the nation-sates of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). It has helped generations of students and lay readers understand how leading thinkers there have looked at life, the traditions of their ancestors, and the world they live in.

This second edition has been extensively revised, with much new material added. Introductory essays explain the particular settings in which these thinkers have expressed their ideas about religious, social, political, and economic questions. Brief summaries precede each passage from their writings or sayings.

The traditions represented include Brahmanism, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. The book includes a chronology of Indian history from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1858.

One of the most important and widely used texts on civilization in South Asia. This second edition has been extensively revised, with much new material added.

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Editorial Reviews

Wendy Doniger
This is a serious, careful, dependable book, broader and more varied even than the old Sources.... It is also easy to read, to look at, and to hear; the new translations are always sound, often charming, and occasionally quite brilliant. This is the primary study of Indian civilization.
Robert Eric Frykenberg
For over thirty years, anyone seriously interested in India has always had to keep a copy of this classic within arm's reach. Sources of Indian Tradition is so useful -as a reference work, sourcebook, or textbook -that it has been indispensable to scholars all over the world. I welcome the 'return' of this important work to the marketplace. Better still, I am delighted to note that, in matters of fine-tuning, this is an improved and updated and revised edition.
Wendy Doniger O Flaherty
This is a serious, careful, dependable book , broader and more varied even than the old Sources. . . . The new translations are always sound, often charming, and occasionally quite brilliant. This is the primary study of Indian civilization.
Robert P. Goldman
This reader constitutes the most complete and useful sourcebook on the intellectual history of India anywhere. The translations and the brief but pointed explanatory materials are of the highest quality and insure that this work will continue to be essential to any well-conceived introductory course on the civilizations of India and Asia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231066518
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1988
  • Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 547
  • Sales rank: 345,013
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ainslie T. Embree is Professor of History and Director of the South Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Cosmic and Ritual Order in Vedic Literature2. The Ultimate Reality in the Upanishad3. The Basic Doctrines of Jainism4. Jain Philosophy and Political Thought5. Theravada Buddhism6. Mahayana Buddhism: "The Greater Vehicle"7. The Vehicle of the Thunderbolt and the Decline of Buddhism in India8. Dharma: The First End of Man (R.N.D.)9. Artha: The Second End of Man (R.N.D.)10. Kama: The Third End of Man (V.R., revised)11. Moksha: The Fourth End of Man12. The Songs of Medievel Hindu Devotion (V.R., revised)13. The Foundations of Islam in India14. The Muslim Ruler in India15. Islamic Mysticism in India16. Sikhism: Faith and Practice

Columbia University Press

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