An Introduction to Hinduism
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An Introduction to Hinduism

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 151 x 228 x 25mm | 602g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Maps; 25 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521438780
  • 9780521438780
  • 102,069

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 Sakta traditions; 9. Hindu ritual; 10. Hindu theology and philosophy; 11. Hinduism and the modern world.
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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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