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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.


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.

  • Vedic Practice, Ritual Studies and Jaimini’s Mīmāṃsāsūtras

    Dharma and the Enjoined Subject, 1st Edition

    By Samuel G. Ngaihte

    Drawing on insights from Indian intellectual tradition, this book examines the conception of dharma by Jaimini in his Mīmāṃsāsūtras, assessing its contemporary relevance, particularly within ritual scholarship. Presenting a hermeneutical re-reading of the text, it investigates the theme of the…

    Hardback – 2019-08-08 
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  • Caitanya Vaiṣṇavism in Bengal

    Social Impact and Historical Implications, 1st Edition

    By Joseph T. O'Connell

    Edited by Rembert Lutjeharms

    Within the broad Hindu religious tradition, there have been for millennia many subtraditions generically called Vaiṣṇava, who insist that the most appropriate mode of religious faith and experience is bhakti, or devotion, to the supreme personal deity, Viṣṇu. Caitanya Vaiṣṇavas are a community…

    Hardback – 2018-11-15
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  • The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo

    Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion, 1st Edition

    By Brainerd Prince

    Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. This book is an enquiry into the integral philosophy of Aurobindo and its contemporary relevance. It offers a reading of Aurobindo’s key texts by bringing them into conversation with religious studies and the hermeneutical…

    Paperback – 2018-08-14
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  • The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth

    Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix, 1st Edition

    By Raj Balkaran

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-07-30
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  • Nonviolence in the Mahabharata

    Siva’s Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra, 1st Edition

    By Alf Hiltebeitel

    In Indian mythological texts like the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated…

    Paperback – 2018-07-27
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  • Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

    1st Edition

    By Ankur Barua

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-06-28
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  • 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

    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)…

    Hardback – 2018-01-29
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  • Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought

    Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana, 1st Edition

    By Sucharita Adluri

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-01-22
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  • Bhakti and Embodiment

    Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti, 1st Edition

    By Barbara A. Holdrege

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-01-22
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  • Hindu Pilgrimage

    Shifting Patterns of Worldview of Srisailam in South India, 1st Edition

    By Prabhavati C. Reddy

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

    1st Edition

    By Makarand R. Paranjape

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • Hinduism and Environmental Ethics

    Law, Literature, and Philosophy, 1st Edition

    By Christopher G. Framarin

    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 (…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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  • A Woman's Ramayana

    Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic, 1st Edition

    By Mandakranta Bose, Sarika Priyadarshini Bose

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-12
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  • Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology

    A History of Reception in Premodern India, 1st Edition

    By Ajay K. Rao

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-12
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  • The Future of Hindu–Christian Studies

    A Theological Inquiry, 1st Edition

    By Francis X. Clooney

    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,…

    Hardback – 2017-06-19
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  • Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy

    On Knowing and What is to Be Known, 1st Edition

    By ShashiPrabha Kumar

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • River and Goddess Worship in India

    Changing Perceptions and Manifestations of Sarasvati, 1st Edition

    By R.U.S. Prasad

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-05-30
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  • Indian Thought and Western Theism

    The Vedānta of Rāmānuja, 1st Edition

    By Martin Ganeri

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism

    A philosophical-theological inquiry, 1st Edition

    By Julius J. Lipner

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-04-19
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  • The Other Ramayana Women

    Regional Rejection and Response, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Brockington, Mary Brockington

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-06-01
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  • Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition

    Salvific Space, 1st Edition

    By Knut A. Jacobsen

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-08-21
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  • Hindu Perspectives on Evolution

    Darwin, Dharma, and Design, 1st Edition

    By C. Mackenzie Brown

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
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  • Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia

    Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata, 1st Edition

    By James Hegarty

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • Interpreting Devotion

    The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India, 1st Edition

    By Karen Pechilis

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-07-18
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  • The Chaitanya Vaishnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami

    When Knowledge Meets Devotion, 1st Edition

    By Ravi M. Gupta

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-09-12
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  • Consciousness in Indian Philosophy

    The Advaita Doctrine of ‘Awareness Only’, 1st Edition

    By Sthaneshwar Timalsina

    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.…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
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  • Attending Krishna's Image

    Chaitanya Vaishnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth, 1st Edition

    By Kenneth Russell Valpey

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-12-20
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  • Advaita Vedanta and Vaisnavism

    The Philosophy of Madhusudana Sarasvati, 1st Edition

    By Sanjukta Gupta

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-09-09
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  • Classical Samkhya and Yoga

    An Indian Metaphysics of Experience, 1st Edition

    By Mikel Burley

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-09-13
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  • Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy

    1st Edition

    By Christopher G. Framarin

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-08-07
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  • 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

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-07-13
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  • Women in the Hindu Tradition

    Rules, Roles and Exceptions, 1st Edition

    By Mandakranta Bose

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-09-16
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  • Yoga in the Modern World

    Contemporary Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Singleton, Jean Byrne

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-12-17
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  • Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata

    1st Edition

    Edited by Simon Brodbeck, Brian Black

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-04-29
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  • Self-Surrender (prapatti) to God in Shrivaishnavism

    Tamil Cats or Sanskrit Monkeys?, 1st Edition

    By Srilata Raman

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-04-21
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  • Samkara's Advaita Vedanta

    A Way of Teaching, 1st Edition

    By Jacqueline G Suthren Hirst

    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…

    Paperback – 2006-04-06
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  • Epistemologies and the Limitations of Philosophical Inquiry

    Doctrine in Madhva Vedanta, 1st Edition

    By Deepak Sarma

    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…

    Hardback – 2004-10-28
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