The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

by Wendy Doniger
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The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger

"Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account. Many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated within a century; its central tenets arise at particular moments in Indian history and often differ according to gender or caste; and the differences between groups of Hindus far outnumber the commonalities. Yet the greatness of Hinduism lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continues to inspire debate today. This groundbreaking work elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116691
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 1,206,583
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where she is also a professor of South Asian languages and civilizations. Her translations for Penguin Classics include The Rig Veda, The Laws of Manu, and Hindu Myths.

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The Hindus: An Alternative History 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thus_Blogged_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Wendy Doniger is one of the foremost scholars of Hinduism, and her failure to defer to a minority of fanatical practitioners has led to her books being burned or withdrawn in the Indian market. Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ wrote that Doniger in "The Hindus" was "concentrat[ing] her prodigious learning on making modern sense of the texts and tales of Hindu society, as well as of the rituals and symbols of the Hindu people." Worth a look for anyone curious and open-minded.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely poorly written with a biased view by a supposedly a scholar on the subject. Please save money by reading one from a library and before buying.