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Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, The
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BLACKWELL COMPANION TO HINDUISM, THE

PAPERBACK BY FLOOD, GAVIN D.

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9781405132510
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JOHN WILEY AND SONS LTD
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PAGES
616 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
06 MAY 2005

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An ideal resource for courses on Hinduism or world religions, this accessible volume spans the entire field of Hindu studies. It provides a forum for the best scholars in the world to make their views and research available to a wider audience. It comprehensively covers the textual traditions of Hinduism. It features four coherent sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics. It reflects the trend away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism towards tradition and regional-specific studies. It includes material on Hindu folk religions and stresses the importance of region in analyzing Hinduism. It is ideal for use on university courses.

CONTENTS

Contributors.Preface and Acknowledgments.Introduction: Establishing the Boundaries: Gavin Flood.Part I Theoretical Issues.1. Colonialism and the Construction of Hinduism.Gauri Viswanathan.2. Orientalism and Hinduism.David Smith.Part II Text and Tradition.The Sanskrit Textual Traditions.3. Vedas and Upanisads.Michael Witzel.4. The Dharmauastras.Ludo Rocher.5. The Sanskrit Epics.John Brockington.6. The Puranas.Freda Matchett.Textual Traditions in Regional Languages.7. Tamil Hindu Literature.Norman Cutler.8. The Literature of Hinduism in Malayalam.Rich Freeman.9. North Indian Hindi Devotional Literature.Nancy M. Martin.Major Historical Developments.10. The Uaiva Traditions.Gavin Flood.11. History of Vaisnava Traditions.Gerard Colas.12. The Renouncer Tradition.Patrick Olivelle.13. The Householder Tradition in Hindu Society.T.N. Madan.Regional Traditions.14. The Teyyam Tradition of Kerala.Rich Freeman.15. The Month of Kartik And Women's Ritual Devotions to Krsna in Benares.Tracy Pinchman.Part III: Systematic Thought:.The Indian Sciences.Introduction.Frits Staal.16. The Science of Language.Frits Staal.17. Indian Mathematics.Takao Hayashi.18. Calendar, Astrology and Astronomy.Michio Yano.19. The Science of Medicine.Dominik Wujastyk.Philosophy and Theology.20. Hinduism and the Proper Work of Reason.Jonardon Ganeri.21. Restoring Hindu Theology as a Category in Indian Intellectual Discourse.Francis Clooney.22. Mantra.Andre Padoux.Part IV: Society, Politics, and Nation.23. On the Relationship between Caste and Hinduism.Declan Quigley.24. Modernity, Reform and Revival.Dermot Killingley.25. Contemporary Political Hinduism.C. Ram Prasad.26. The Goddess and the Nation: Subterfuges of Antiquity, the Cunning of Modernity.Sumathi Ramaswamy.27. Gender in a Devotional Universe.Vasudha Narayanan.Index