Hinduism

ISBN-10: 0192853872
ISBN-13: 9780192853875
Edition: 2000
Authors: Kim Knott
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Description: Hinduism 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Hinduism 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.

The scholar and the devotee
Knowledge and revelation
Understanding the self
Divine heroes: the epic tradition
The divine presence
Hinduism, colonialism, and modernity
Challenges to Hinduism: Women and Dalits
Crossing the black waters: Hinduism beyond India
Conclusion: Hind dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms

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