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Routledge Hindu Studies Series


About the Series

This series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, intends primarily  the publication of constructive Hindu theological, philosophical and ethical projects aimed at bringing Hindu traditions into dialogue with contemporary trends in scholarship and contemporary society. The series invites original, high quality, research level work on religion, culture and society of Hindus living in India and abroad. Proposals for annotated translations of important primary sources and studies in the history of the Hindu religious traditions will also be considered.

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The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix

The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth: Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix

1st Edition

By Raj Balkaran
July 19, 2018

The Sanskrit narrative text Devī Māhātmya, “The Greatness of The Goddess,” extols the triumphs of an all-powerful Goddess, Durgā, over universe-imperiling demons. These exploits are embedded in an intriguing frame narrative: a deposed king solicits the counsel of a forest-dwelling ascetic, who ...

Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

1st Edition

By Ankur Barua
June 28, 2018

Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons...

Modern Hindu Traditionalism in Contemporary India The Śrī Maṭh and the Jagadguru Rāmānandācārya in the Evolution of the Rāmānandī Sampradāya

Modern Hindu Traditionalism in Contemporary India: The Śrī Maṭh and the Jagadguru Rāmānandācārya in the Evolution of the Rāmānandī Sampradāya

1st Edition

By Daniela Bevilacqua
January 31, 2018

Modern Hindu Traditionalism addresses Hindu traditions that resisted contact with both Neo-Hindu thought and views of “classical” Hinduism perceived to be outmoded. This book provides an in-depth understanding of Modern Hindu Traditionalism through the case study of the Rāmānandī order (sampradāya)...

Bhakti and Embodiment Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti

Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti

1st Edition

By Barbara A. Holdrege
January 22, 2018

The historical shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic bhakti (devotional) traditions is accompanied by a shift from abstract, translocal notions of divinity to particularized, localized notions of divinity and a corresponding shift from aniconic to iconic traditions and from temporary ...

Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana

Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana

1st Edition

By Sucharita Adluri
January 22, 2018

Theistic Vedānta originated with Rāmānuja (1077-1157), who was one of the foremost theologians of Viśistādvaita Vedānta and also an initiate of the Śrīvaisnava sectarian tradition in South India. As devotees of the God Visnu and his consort Śrī, the Śrīvaisnavas established themselves through ...

Hindu Pilgrimage Shifting Patterns of Worldview of Srisailam in South India

Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns of Worldview of Srisailam in South India

1st Edition

By Prabhavati C. Reddy
October 26, 2017

In recent years, changes in religious studies in general and the study of Hinduism in particular have drawn more scholarly attention to other forms of the Hindu faith that are concretely embodied in temples, icons, artworks, rituals, and pilgrimage practices. This book analyses the phenomenon of ...

The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

1st Edition

By Makarand R. Paranjape
October 26, 2017

Who is responsible for the Mahatma’s death? Just one single, but determined, fanatic, the whole ideology of Hindu nationalism, the ruling Congress-led government whichfailed to protect him, or a vast majority of Indians and their descendants who considered Gandhi irrelevant? Such questions ...

Hinduism and Environmental Ethics Law, Literature, and Philosophy

Hinduism and Environmental Ethics: Law, Literature, and Philosophy

1st Edition

By Christopher G. Framarin
October 13, 2017

This book argues that the standard arguments for and against the claim that certain Hindu texts and traditions attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants are unconvincing. It presents careful, extensive, and original interpretations of passages from the Manusmrti (law), the Mahābhārata (...

A Woman's Ramayana Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic

A Woman's Ramayana: Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic

1st Edition

By Mandakranta Bose, Sarika Priyadarshini Bose
October 12, 2017

The Rāmāyana, an ancient epic of India, with audiences across vast stretches of time and geography, continues to influence numberless readers socially and morally through its many re-tellings. Made available in English for the first time, the 16th century version presented here is by Candrāvatī, a ...

Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology A History of Reception in Premodern India

Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History of Reception in Premodern India

1st Edition

By Ajay K. Rao
October 12, 2017

The Rāmāyana of Vālmīki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic’s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of...

The Future of Hindu–Christian Studies A Theological Inquiry

The Future of Hindu–Christian Studies: A Theological Inquiry

1st Edition

By Francis X. Clooney
June 22, 2017

The field of Hindu-Christian studies revives theology as a particularly useful interreligious discipline. Though a sub-division of the broader Hindu-Christian dialogue, it is also a distinct field of study, proper to a smaller group of religious intellectuals. At its best it envisions a two-sided, ...

Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy On Knowing and What is to Be Known

Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy: On Knowing and What is to Be Known

1st Edition

By ShashiPrabha Kumar
June 16, 2017

Vaisesika is one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy. It represents a pluralistic realism and is usually held to be an atomistic, metaphysical theory. This book explores the basic tenets of the Vaisesika classical school of Indian philosophy from a new perspective. It argues that it reveals an ...

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