Hindus An Alternative History

ISBN-10: 014311669X
ISBN-13: 9780143116691
Edition: N/A
Authors: Wendy Doniger
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List price: $31.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

"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 Hindusoffers 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.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

India's Major Geographical Features
India from 2500 BCE to 600 CE
India from 600 CE to 1600 CE
India from 1600 CE to the Present
List of Illustrations
Preface: The Man or the Rabbit in the Moon
Introduction: Working with Available Light
Time and Space in India: 50 Million to 50,000 BCE
Civilization in the Indus Valley: 50,000 to 1500 BCE
Between the Ruins and the Text: 2000 to 1500 BCE
Humans, Animals, and Gods in the Rig Veda: 1500 to 1000 BCE
Sacrifice in the Brahmanas: 800 to 500 BCE
Renunciation in the Upanishads: 600 to 200 BCE
The Three (or Is It Four?) Aims of Life in the Hindu Imaginary
Women and Ogresses in the Ramayana: 400 BCE to 200 CE
Violence in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CE
Dharma in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CE
Escape Clauses in the Shastras: 100 BCE to 400 CE
Bhakti in South India: 100 BCE to 900 CE
Goddesses and Gods in the Early Puranas: 300 to 600 CE
Sects and Sex in the Tantric Puranas and the Tantras: 600 to 900 CE
Fusion and Rivalry Under the Delhi Sultanate: 650 to 1500 CE
Avatar and Accidental Grace in the Later Puranas: 800 to 1500 CE
Philosophical Feuds in South India and Kashmir: 800 to 1300 CE
Dialogue and Tolerance Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CE
Hinduism Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CE
Caste, Class, and Conversion Under the British Raj: 1600 to 1900 CE
Suttee and Reform in the Twilight of the Raj: 1800 to 1947 CE
Hindus in America: 1900-
The Past in the Present: 1950-
Inconclusion, or, the Abuse of History
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Guide to Pronunciation and Spelling of Words in Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages
Abbreviations
Glossary of Terms in Indian Languages and Names of Key Figures
Notes
Bibliography: Works Cited and Consulted
Photo Credits
Index

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