An Introduction to Hinduism

An Introduction to Hinduism

Author: Gavin D. Flood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 1996-07-13

Total Pages: 382

ISBN-13: 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 their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India. An Introduction to Hinduism examines the ideas of dharma, particularly in relation to the ideology of kingship, caste and world renunciation. Dr Flood also introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship about the nature of Hinduism. It is suitable both for the student and for the general reader.


Hinduism

Hinduism

Author: Sadhu Vivekjivandas

Publisher:

Published: 2011

Total Pages:

ISBN-13: 9788175264335

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"Informs readers about the spiritual, cultural and social heritage of Hinduism. Part I features a brief history and core beliefs of Hinduism, its sacred texts, various denominations, mandirs, holy men and women, sacred places, rivers, festivals, rituals, and sacred symbols and objects. Part II features sadhana, great devotees of God, rishi-scientists of India, Hindu perceptions, Hindu way of life, Hindu reformers, concept of creation, and frequently asked questions on Hinduism."--P. [4] of cover.


Introducing Hinduism

Introducing Hinduism

Author: Hillary P. Rodrigues

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Published: 2023-01-06

Total Pages: 352

ISBN-13: 1000888258

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Introducing Hinduism, 2nd Edition is the ideal sourcebook for those seeking a comprehensive overview of the Hindu tradition. This second edition includes substantial treatments of Tantra, South India, and women, as well as expanded discussions of yoga, Vedanta and contemporary configurations of Hinduism in the West. Its lively presentation features: case studies, photographs, and scenarios that invite the reader into the lived world of Hinduism; introductory summaries, key points, discussion questions, and recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter; narrative summaries of the great epics and other renowned Hindu myths and lucid explanations of complex Indian philosophical teachings, including Sankhya and Kashmir Saivism; and a glossary, timeline, and pronunciation guide for an enhanced learning experience. This volume is an invaluable resource for students in need of an introduction to the key tenets and diverse practice of Hinduism, past and present.


Hinduism Today

Hinduism Today

Author: Stephen Jacobs

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Published: 2010-04-22

Total Pages: 192

ISBN-13: 144113820X

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Understanding Hinduism today requires an understanding of how it is practised in the contemporary world. Stephen Jacob's new introduction tackles these central issues, beginning with case studies of the grassroots practice of Hinduism in India and in diaspora communities. He covers issues of singular importance in the modern study of Hinduism, including the importance and role of mass media to this essentially orally transmitted religion. Other major areas covered include the concept of Hindu dharma, particularly in relation to caste, gender and Hindu nationalism, key and often controversial concepts in Hinduism.


A Brief Introduction to Hinduism

A Brief Introduction to Hinduism

Author: Tim Dowley

Publisher: Fortress Press

Published: 2019-06-01

Total Pages: 104

ISBN-13: 1506450350

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This brief introduction to Hinduism is designed to help readers understand this important religious tradition. With both nuance and balance, this text provides broad coverage of various forms of Hinduism with an arresting layout with rich colors. It offers both historical overviews and modern perspectives on Hindu beliefs and practices. The user-friendly content is enhanced by charts of religious festivals, historic timelines, updated maps, and a useful glossary. It is ideal for courses on Hinduism and South Asian religions and will be a useful, concise reference for all readers eager to know more about this important religious tradition and its place in our contemporary world.


The Hindu Way

The Hindu Way

Author: Shashi Tharoor

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Published: 2019

Total Pages: 336

ISBN-13: 9789388292856

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The Hindu Way: An Introduction to Hinduism, the new book by bestselling author Shashi Tharoor, whose last three books have sold over a quarter of a million copies in hardback, is the perfect introduction to one of the world's oldest, largest and most complex religions. Although there are hundreds of books on Hinduism, there are only a few which provide a lucid, accessible, yet deeply layered account of the religion's numerous belief systems, schools of thought, sects, tenets, scriptures, deities, rituals, customs, festivals and philosophies. This book is one of them.


Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

Author: Raymond Brady Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2018-11-08

Total Pages: 293

ISBN-13: 1108421148

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An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.


Introduction to Hindu Dharma

Introduction to Hindu Dharma

Author: Chandrasekharendra Saraswati (Jagatguru Sankaracharya of Kamakoti)

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

Published: 2008

Total Pages: 170

ISBN-13: 1933316489

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Introduction to Hinduism

Introduction to Hinduism

Author: Jayaram V

Publisher: Pure Life Vision

Published: 2012-07-01

Total Pages: 332

ISBN-13: 9781935760115

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Hinduism is the oldest living religion of the world and the most complex in terms of its philosophy and practices. This volume looks at the antiquity, definition, and significance of Hinduism, providing a thorough and scholarly understanding of the basic and essential aspects of the eternal tradition useful to both lay practitioners and students.


Hinduism

Hinduism

Author: Kim Knott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2016

Total Pages: 169

ISBN-13: 0198745540

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Hinduism is practised by about 80% of India's population, and by about 30,000,000 people outside India. But how is Hinduism defined, and what basis does the religion have? This work gives concise insights into the central preoccupations of Hinduism.