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1st Edition

The Hindu World

ISBN 9780415772273
Published April 19, 2007 by Routledge
672 Pages

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Book Description

The Hindu World is the most complete, authoritative and up-to-date one-volume guide to Hindu faith and culture available today. Written by the world's leading scholars on Hinduism, its twenty-four chapters explore the history, philosophy and practice of one of the world's great religious traditions.

The Hindu World offers new insights into all aspects of Hindu life, ranging from the devotional texts of the Vedas and Ramayana to current perspectives on dharma and kama, temple architecture, sacred food, ritual, caste, cosmic philosophy, history and modernization. This is an ideal reference for students and scholars of Hinduism.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introducing the Hindu World  1. On Hinduism and Hinduisms  Part Two: Oral Teachings and Textual Traditions  2. Veda and Upanisad  3. Mahabharata  4. Ramayana  5. Purana  Part Three: Theistic and Devotional Movements  6. Saiva  7. Sakta  8. Vaisnava  9. Bhakti  Part Four: Cosmic Order and Human Goals  10. Dharma  11. Artha  12. Kama  13. Moksa  Part Five: Social Action and Social Structure  14. Karma  15. Samskara  16. Varna and Jati  17. Asrama  Part Six: Vitality in Persons and in Places  18. Anna  19. Grama  20. Alaya  21. Tirtha  Part Seven: Linguistic and Philosophic Analysis 22. Bhasa  23. Darsana  24. Kala

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Sushil Mittal is an Associate Professor and the director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence at James Madison University in Virgina. Gene Thursby is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. They have also co-edited Religions of South Asia (2006), published by Routledge.


A comprehensive introduction to multiple aspects of Hindu realities from scriptural to sociological, and possibly the only textbook on Hinduism organized according to indigenous categories; a wonderful resource for students and scholars at many levels.

Ann Grodzins Gold, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Syracuse University, USA