An Introduction to Hinduism

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Juli 1996



This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Particular emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India.


1. Points of departure; 2. Ancient origins; 3. Dharma; 4. Yoga and renunciation; 5. Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism; 6. The love of Visnu; 7. Saiva and tantric religion; 8. The Goddess and Sakta traditions; 9. Hindu ritual; 10. Hindu theology and philosophy; 11. Hinduism and the modern world.


"This new introduction to Hinduism is distinguished by exceptionally useful chapter divisions, good detail combined with ease of reading, and a particular focus on the integrated quality of the evolution of Hindu thought...The book's balance between scholarly detail and clear, readable elucidation of issues is commendable...In all, this is a valuable contribution to the undergraduate classroom. Libraries whose Hinduism holdings include other good introductions should, nonetheless, acquire this one." Choice "Flood's book is a very welcome newcomer, comprehensive, detailed and judicious." Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Theological Studies "...is one of the best and most informative intiations into Hinduism to date." Journal of Indo-European Studies "An Introduction to Hinduism is a highly readable and authoritative conspectus on this great religion...An Introduction to Hinduism will surely find a much wider audience, for scholars of comparative religion, Indologists, and non-specialists in their distinctive ways will certainly find this handsome book well worth reading." David Hicks, Asian Thought and Society
EAN: 9780521438780
ISBN: 0521438780
Untertitel: 'Introduction to Religion'. 25 b/w illus. 2 maps. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 1996
Seitenanzahl: 367 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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