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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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Attending Krishna's Image Chaitanya Vaishnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth

Attending Krishna's Image: Chaitanya Vaishnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth

1st Edition

By Kenneth Russell Valpey
December 19, 2013

There is a steady and growing scholarly, as well as popular interest in Hindu religion – especially devotional (bhakti) traditions as forms of spiritual practice and expressions of divine embodiment. Associated with this is the attention to sacred images and their worship. Attending Krishna's...

Advaita Vedanta and Vaisnavism The Philosophy of Madhusudana Sarasvati

Advaita Vedanta and Vaisnavism: The Philosophy of Madhusudana Sarasvati

1st Edition

By Sanjukta Gupta
September 03, 2013

In Indian philosophy and theology, the ideology of Vedanta occupies an important position. Hindu religious sects accept the Vedantic soteriology, which believes that there is only one conscious reality, Brahman from which the entire creation, both conscious and non-conscious, emanated. Madhusudana...

Classical Samkhya and Yoga An Indian Metaphysics of Experience

Classical Samkhya and Yoga: An Indian Metaphysics of Experience

1st Edition

By Mikel Burley
September 10, 2012

Samkhya and Yoga are two of the oldest and most influential systems of classical Indian philosophy. This book provides a thorough analysis of the systems in order to fully understand Indian philosophy. Placing particular emphasis on the metaphysical schema which underlies both concepts, the author ...

Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy

Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy

1st Edition

By Christopher G. Framarin
August 07, 2012

Desireless action is typically cited as a criterion of the liberated person in classical Indian texts. Contemporary authors argue with near unanimity that since all action is motivated by desire, desireless action is a contradiction. They conclude that desireless action is action performed without ...

A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology Kumarila on Perception: The 'Determination of Perception' Chapter of Kumarila Bhatta's <I>Slokavarttika </I>- Translation and Commentary

A Hindu Critique of Buddhist Epistemology: Kumarila on Perception: The 'Determination of Perception' Chapter of Kumarila Bhatta's Slokavarttika - Translation and Commentary

1st Edition

By John Taber
July 11, 2012

This is a translation of the chapter on perception of Kumarilabhatta's magnum opus, the Slokavarttika, one of the central texts of the Hindu response to the criticism of the logical-epistemological school of Buddhist thought. In an extensive commentary, the author explains the course of the ...

Women in the Hindu Tradition Rules, Roles and Exceptions

Women in the Hindu Tradition: Rules, Roles and Exceptions

1st Edition

By Mandakranta Bose
September 24, 2011

This book accounts for the origin and evolution of the nature and roles of women within the Hindu belief system. It explains how the idea of the goddess has been derived from Hindu philosophical ideas and texts of codes of conduct and how particular models of conduct for mortal women have been ...

Yoga in the Modern World Contemporary Perspectives

Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Singleton, Jean Byrne
December 17, 2009

Today yoga is a thoroughly globalised phenomenon. Yoga has taken the world by storm and is even seeing renewed popularity in India. Both in India and abroad, adults, children and teenagers are practicing yoga in diverse settings; gyms, schools, home, work, yoga studios and temples. The yoga ...

Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata

Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata

1st Edition

Edited By Simon Brodbeck, Brian Black
May 14, 2009

The Sanskrit Mahabharata is one of the most important texts to emerge from the Indian cultural tradition. At almost 75,000 verses it is the longest poem in the world, and throughout Indian history it has been hugely influential in shaping gender and social norms. In the context of ancient India, it...

Self-Surrender (prapatti) to God in Shrivaishnavism Tamil Cats or Sanskrit Monkeys?

Self-Surrender (prapatti) to God in Shrivaishnavism: Tamil Cats or Sanskrit Monkeys?

1st Edition

By Srilata Raman
April 29, 2009

Filling the most glaring gap in Shrivaishnava scholarship, this book deals with the history of interpretation of a theological concept of self-surrender-prapatti in late twelfth and thirteenth century religious texts of the Shrivaishnava community of South India. This original study shows that ...

The Chaitanya Vaishnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami When Knowledge Meets Devotion

The Chaitanya Vaishnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami: When Knowledge Meets Devotion

1st Edition

By Ravi M. Gupta
June 18, 2007

The Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition is famous for its depth of devotion to Krishna, the blue-hued Deity. Chaitanya Vaishnavas are known for having refined the practice and aesthetics of devotion into a sophisticated science. This imposing devotional edifice was constructed upon a solid foundation of ...

Samkara's Advaita Vedanta A Way of Teaching

Samkara's Advaita Vedanta: A Way of Teaching

1st Edition

By Jacqueline G Suthren Hirst
June 06, 2005

Samkara (c.700 CE) has been regarded by many as the most authoritative Hindu thinker of all time. A great Indian Vedantin brahmin, Samkara was primarily a commentator on the sacred texts of the Vedas and a teacher in the Advaitin teaching line. This book serves as an introduction to ...

Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta

Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry: Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta

1st Edition

By Deepak Sarma
January 11, 2005

Deepak Sarma explores the degree to which outsiders can understand and interpret the doctrine of the Màdhva school of Vedànta. The school is based on insider epistemology which is so restrictive that few can learn its intricate doctrines. This book reveals the complexity of studying traditions ...

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