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An Introduction to Hinduism

An Introduction to Hinduism

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Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438780

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  • This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr. Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from ancient origins and the major deities to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism are discussed. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, more fundamental than belief or doctrine; and to Dravidian influences. It introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship.

    • Thematic and historical survey of Hindu traditions
    • Emphasis on tantric traditions and Dravidian influences
    • Discussion of contemporary scholarly debates about Hinduism
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    "This new introduction to Hinduism is distinguished by exceptionally useful chapter divisions, good detail combined with ease of reading, and a particular focus on the integrated quality of the evolution of Hindu thought....The book's balance between scholarly detail and clear, readable elucidation of issues is commendable....In all, this is a valuable contribution to the undergraduate classroom. Libraries whose Hinduism holdings include other good introductions should, nonetheless, acquire this one." Choice

    "Flood's book is a very welcome newcomer, comprehensive, detailed and judicious." Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Theological Studies

    "...is one of the best and most informative intiations into Hinduism to date." Journal of Indo-European Studies

    "An Introduction to Hinduism is a highly readable and authoritative conspectus on this great religion....An Introduction to Hinduism will surely find a much wider audience, for scholars of comparative religion, Indologists, and non-specialists in their distinctive ways will certainly find this handsome book well worth reading." David Hicks, Asian Thought and Society

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    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438780
    • length: 367 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.602kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Points of departure
    2. Ancient origins
    3. Dharma
    4. Yoga and renunciation
    5. Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism
    6. The love of Visnu
    7. Saiva and tantric religion
    8. The Goddess and Sákta traditions
    9. Hindu ritual
    10. Hindu theology and philosophy
    11. Hinduism and the modern world.

  • Author

    Gavin D. Flood, University of Stirling

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