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Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices
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HINDUS: THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

PAPERBACK BY LIPNER, JULIUS J.

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ISBN
9780415456777
IMPRINT
ROUTLEDGE
 
 
EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
448 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
02 DEC 2009

DESCRIPTION

Julius Lipner's Hindus is widely recognised as essential reading for everyone wishing to understand one of the world's great religious traditions. Hinduism comprises the religion and culture of the great majority of the people of India, a country tipped to become a world superpower politically, economically and culturally in the course of the present century. The vast array of diverse beliefs and practices usually described as 'Hindu' has been notoriously difficult to corral under a single regulating theme. Julius Lipner provides not only a wide-ranging introduction to Hindu religious and cultural diversity but also suggests a way to characterize Hinduism as a distinct tradition that has survived and adapted to changing circumstances from ancient times to the present day. Lipner is a recognised authority on Hinduism's polycentric emphasis, and his book is based on a lifetime of research and personal experience of his subject. In this thoroughly revised and substantially enlarged second edition, students of Hinduism will find more coverage of the debate about Hindu origins, the nature and practice of Hindu worship, the role of women, the scope of dharma and morality, Hindu philosophical thought and the use of reason, and the way caste functions.

CONTENTS

Preface to the Second Edition 1. About 'Hindu', Hinduism and this Book Part 1: Guiding Voices 2. The Voice of Scripture as Veda (I): Performing the Word 3. The Voice of Scripture as Veda (II): Discerning the Word 4. The Voice of Scripture as Veda and 'Veda' 5. The Voice of Tradition: Smrti and its Divisions (I) 6. The Voice of Tradition: Smrti and its Divisions (II) 7. The Voice of Tradition: Caste and its Realities. 8. The Voice of Tradition: Itihasa and Sacred Narrative 9. The Voice of Tradition: Folklore and the Intellectual Heritage 10. The Voice of Experience Part 2: Reason and Morality 11. A Story with a Tale 12. Morality and the Person: the Belief in Karma and Rebirth Part 3: Images of Time, Space, and Eternity 13. Reckoning Time and 'Progress' 14. The Sacred and its Forms 15. Ways, Means, and Ends Concluding Postscript. Select Glossary. Bibliography. Index