A Survey of Hinduism

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This third edition of the classic text updates the information contained in the earlier editions, and includes new chapters on the origins of Hinduism; its history of relations with Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; Hindu science; and Hindu measures of time. The chronology and the bibliography have been updated as well.

A comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, the book deals with the history of Hinduism, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the ...

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Overview

This third edition of the classic text updates the information contained in the earlier editions, and includes new chapters on the origins of Hinduism; its history of relations with Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; Hindu science; and Hindu measures of time. The chronology and the bibliography have been updated as well.

A comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, the book deals with the history of Hinduism, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the specifics of the major branches of Hinduism-Vaisnavism, Saivism, and Saktism. It also focuses on the geographical ties of Hinduism with the land of India, the social order created by Hinduism, and the various systems of Hindu thought. Klaus K. Klostermaier describes the development of Hinduism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including present-day political Hinduism and the efforts to turn Hinduism into a modern world religion. A unique feature of the book is its treatment of Hinduism in a topical fashion, rather than by chronological description of the development of Hinduism or by summary of the literature. The complexities of Hindu life and thought are thus made real to the reader, and Hindus will recognize it as their own tradition.

About the Author:
Klaus K. Klostermaier is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, Canada

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A comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, dealing with the history of Hinduism, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the specifics of the major branches of Hinduism--Vaisnavism, Saivism, and Saktism. It also focuses on the geographical ties of Hinduism with the land of India, the social order created by Hinduism, and the various systems of Hindu thought. This revision 1st ed., 1988 reflects recent developments and events in India. In particular, a new part has been added entitled "The Meeting of East and West in India" which contains a new chapter on Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a new chapter on the position of women in Hinduism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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“Klostermaier has now made a great book even better.” — CHOICE

Praise for the Second Edition

“The first edition of this book appeared in 1989 and rapidly proved its worth as a textbook on Hinduism that was more inclusive and accessible than most—especially for Western readers … Although not meant primarily for specialists, it was so complete in its presentation of Hinduism that specialists found a place for it on their shelves as a ready reference … This book offers the most comprehensive, balanced, accessible and yet deeply scholarly presentation of Hinduism in English.” — Harold Coward in Pacific Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791470817
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2007
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 718
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Klaus K. Klostermaier is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of many books, including The Nature of Nature: Explorations in Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Photographs
Preface to Second Edition
Note on Pronunciation and Use of Sanskrit Words
Introduction 1
Pt. I Hinduism: Development and Essence
1 India and the West 17
2 The History and Development of Hinduism 30
3 Hindu Dharma: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Hinduism 49
4 Revelation and Scripture in Hinduism 65
5 Itihasa and Purana: The Heart of Hinduism 81
6 The Bhagavadgita 99
7 The World of the Hindu 112
8 The Many Gods and the One God of Hinduism 130
Pt. II Trimarga: The Three Hindu Paths to Liberation
9 The Path of Works: Karmamarga 155
10 Purity and Merit: The Twin Concerns of Karmamarga 170
11 The Hindu Sacraments: The Samskaras 183
12 The Path of Knowledge: Jnanamarga 193
13 Atman and Brahman: Self and All 204
14 Karma, Vidya, Moksa: Liberation from Rebirth 212
15 The Path of Loving Devotion: Bhaktimarga 221
16 Lord Visnu and His Devotees 239
17 Siva: The Grace and the Terror of God 261
18 Devi: The Divine Mother 278
19 Mudalvan, Murugan, Mal: The Great Gods of the Tamils 294
Pt. III The Structural Supports of Hinduism
20 The Divine Presence in Space and Time: Murti, Tirtha, Kala 311
21 The Hindu Social Order: Caturvarnasramadharma 333
22 The Professional Religious: Samnyasa 345
23 Stridharma: The Position of Women in Hinduism 361
24 Hindu Structures of Thought: The Saddarsanas 377
25 Hindu Logic and Physics: Nyaya-Vaisesika 387
26 Hindu Psychology and Metaphysics: Samkhya-Yoga 397
27 Hindu Theology, Old and New: Purva Mimamsa and Vedanta 408
Pt. IV The Meeting of East and West in Modern India
28 Hindu Reforms and Reformers 429
29 Mahatma Gandhi: A Twentieth-Century Karmayogi 447
30 Hindu Nationalist Politics and Hinduism as A World Religion 461
Chronology 477
Maps 490
Notes 493
Glossary 591
Abbreviations Used 615
Bibliography 617
Index 675
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