Religions of South Asia An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415223911
ISBN-13: 9780415223911
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

South Asia is home to many of the world's most vibrant religious faiths. It is also one of the most dynamic and historically rich regions on earth, where changing political and social structures have caused religions to interact and hybridise in unique ways. This textbook introduces the contemporary religions of South Asia, from the indigenous religions such as the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh traditions, to incoming influences such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In ten chapters, it surveys the nine leading belief systems of South Asia and explains their history, practices, values and worldviews. A final chapter helps students relate what they have learnt to religious theory, paving the way for future study. Entirely written by leading experts,Religions of South Asiacombines solid scholarship with clear and lively writing to provide students with an accessible and comprehensive introduction. All chapters are specially designed to aid cross-religious comparison, following a standard formatcovering set topics and issues; the book reveals to students the core principles of each faith, compares it to neighbouring traditions, and its particular place in South Asian history and society. It is a perfect resource for all students of South Asia's diverse and fascinating faiths.

List of illustrations
List of maps
Note on transliteration
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Traditions of South Asia: from inside and outside
South Asia as a region
Dharma in Indic or South Asian religions
Traditions of outsiders: the world's gifts to India
The teacher-scholars who are the book's authors
Recommendations for student readers
What India has given to the world
Hindu Dharma
The tradition defined
History
Cosmos
Literature
Ethics and human relations
Institutions and practices
Modern expressions
Relations with other religions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Jaina Dharma
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practices
Ethics
Relations with other religions
Modern expressions and the tradition outside of India
Bauddha Dhamma
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Ethics and human relations
Sacred life and literature
Relations with other religions
Sikh Dharam
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practices
Ethics and human relations
Modern expressions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Relations with other religions
The tradition in the study of religions
What India has received from the world
Indian Zoroastrian tradition
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practices
Ethics and human relations
Modern expressions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Relations with other religions
The tradition in the study of religions
Indian Judaic tradition
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practices
Ethics and human relations
Modern expressions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Relations with other religions
The tradition in the study of religions
Indian Christian tradition
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practice
Ethics and human relations
Modern expressions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Relations with other religions
The tradition in the study of religions
Indian Muslim tradition
The tradition defined
The tradition in the study of religions
Cosmos and history
Sacred life and literature
Institutions and practices
Ethics and human relations
Modern expressions
Transmission of the tradition outside of India
Relations with other religions
Indian Baha'i tradition
The tradition defined
Cosmos and history
Ethics and human relations
Scriptures and sacred places
Institutions and practices
Relations with other religions
Prospects for the future
Beyond the introduction
Contested categories and issues in interpretation
The problematic nature of religion
Problems of terminology and categories
Edward Said and Orientalism
Representations and representational thinking
Beyond prejudice
References
Index

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