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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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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 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 ...

River and Goddess Worship in India Changing Perceptions and Manifestations of Sarasvati

River and Goddess Worship in India: Changing Perceptions and Manifestations of Sarasvati

1st Edition

By R.U.S. Prasad
June 01, 2017

Sarasvati assumes different roles, a physical river and a river goddess, then as a goddess of speech and finally that of a goddess of learning, knowledge, arts and music. References to Sarasvati in the Vedas and the Brahmanas, the Mahabharata and the Puranas and her marked presence in other ...

Indian Thought and Western Theism The Vedānta of Rāmānuja

Indian Thought and Western Theism: The Vedānta of Rāmānuja

1st Edition

By Martin Ganeri
May 25, 2017

The encounter between the West and India in the modern period has also been an encounter between Western modernity and the traditions of classical Indian thought. This book is the study of one aspect this encounter, that between Western scholasticism and one classical Indian tradition of religious ...

Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism A philosophical-theological inquiry

Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism: A philosophical-theological inquiry

1st Edition

By Julius Lipner
April 20, 2017

Hinduism comprises perhaps the major cluster of religio-cultural traditions of India, and it can play a valuable role in helping us understand the nature of religion and human responses to life. Hindu image-worship lies at the core of what counts for Hinduism – up-front and subject to much ...

The Other Ramayana Women Regional Rejection and Response

The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response

1st Edition

Edited By John Brockington, Mary Brockington
June 06, 2016

This book is the first to present current scholarship on gender and in regional and sectarian versions of the Rāmāyaṇa. Contributors explore in what ways the versions relate to other Rāmāyaṇa texts as they deal with the female persona and the cultural values implicit in them. Using a wide variety ...

Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition Salvific Space

Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition: Salvific Space

1st Edition

By Knut A. Jacobsen
August 19, 2015

Salvific space is one of the central ideas in the Hindu traditions of pilgrimage, and concerns the ability of space, especially sites associated with bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, to grant salvific rewards. Focusing on religious, historical and sociological questions about the ...

Hindu Perspectives on Evolution Darwin, Dharma, and Design

Hindu Perspectives on Evolution: Darwin, Dharma, and Design

1st Edition

By C. Mackenzie Brown
July 31, 2015

Providing new insights into the contemporary creationist-evolution debates, this book looks at the Hindu cultural-religious traditions of India, the Hindu Dharma traditions. By focusing on the interaction of religion and science in a Hindu context, it offers a global context for understanding ...

Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata

Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia: Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata

1st Edition

By James Hegarty
July 22, 2015

The Sanskrit Mahabharata is one of the greatest works of world literature and pivotal for the understanding of both Hindu traditions and wider society in ancient, medieval and modern South Asia. This book presents a new synthesis of philological, anthropological and cognitive-linguistic method and ...

Interpreting Devotion The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India

Interpreting Devotion: The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India

1st Edition

By Karen Pechilis
July 16, 2015

Devotion is a category of expression in many of the world’s religious traditions. This book looks at issues involved in academically interpreting religious devotion, as well as exploring the interpretations of religious devotion made by a sixth century poet, a twelfth century biographer, and ...

Consciousness in Indian Philosophy The Advaita Doctrine of ‘Awareness Only’

Consciousness in Indian Philosophy: The Advaita Doctrine of ‘Awareness Only’

1st Edition

By Sthaneshwar Timalsina
April 28, 2014

This book focuses on the analysis of pure consciousness as found in Advaita Vedanta, one of the main schools of Indian philosophy. According to this tradition, reality is identified as Brahman, the world is considered illusory, and the individual self is identified with the absolute reality. ...

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