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    DescriptionHinduism is practised by eighty per cent of India's population, and by thirty million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott combines a succinct and authoritative overview of a major religion with an analysis of the challenges facing it in the twentieth century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the importance of epics such as the Ramayana. Issues such as the place of women and dalits (untouchables) in contemporary society are also addressed, making this book stimulating reading for Hindus and non-Hindus alike. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kim Knott
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 172 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 120 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192853875
    ISBN 10: 0192853872
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    B&T General Subject: 690
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-085
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    BIC subject category V2: HRG
    DC21: 294.5
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    Ingram Theme: RELI/HINDU
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 294.5
    BISAC V2.8: REL032000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRORLHND
    LC classification: BL1202 .K564 1998
    Thema V1.0: QRD
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    halftones, line drawings, maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    15 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Kim Knott is Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds and President of the British Association for the Study of Religions. She has written on modern Hinduism, religions in Britain, and gender and religion.
    Review quote
    very readable and certainly most helpful, with a new and original perspective conveyed in a succinct introductory style. Ursula King, University of Bristol
    Table of contents
    1. The Scholar and the Devotee ; 2. Revelation and the Transmission of Knowledge ; 3. Understanding the Self ; 4. Divine Heroes: The Epic Tradition ; 5. The Divine Presence ; 6. Hinduism, Colonialism, and Modernity ; 7. Challenges to Hinduism: Women and Dalits ; 8. Crossing the Black Waters: Hinduism Beyond India ; 9. Hindui Dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms ; The Six Philosophical Systems (Darshana) ; Timeline ; Glossary ; Further Reading ; References ; Index