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Hinduism is currently followed by one-fifth of humankind. Far from a monolithic theistic tradition, the religion comprises thousands of gods, a complex caste system, and hundreds of languages and dialects. Such internal plurality inspires vastly ranging rites and practices amongst Hinduism's hundreds of millions of adherents. It is therefore not surprising that scholars have been hesitant to define universal Hindu beliefs and practices. In this book, Axel Michaels breaks this trend. He examines the traditions, beliefs, and rituals Hindus hold in common through the lens of what he deems its identificatory habitus, a cohesive force that binds Hindu religions together and fortifies them against foreign influences. Thus, in his analysis, Michaels not only locates Hinduism's profoundly differentiating qualities, but also provides the framework for an analysis of its social and religious coherence. Michaels blends his insightful arguments and probing questions with introductions to major historical epochs, ample textual sources as well as detailed analyses of major life-cycle rituals, the caste system, forms of spiritualism, devotionalism, ritualism, and heroism. Along the way he points out that Hinduism has endured and repeatedly resisted the missionary zeal and universalist claims of Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. He also contrasts traditional Hinduism with the religions of the West, where the self is preferred to the not-self, and where freedom in the world is more important than liberation from the world. Engaging and accessible, this book will appeal to laypersons and scholars alike as the most comprehensive introduction to Hinduism yet published. Not only is Hinduism refreshingly new in its methodological approach, but it also presents a broad range of meticulous scholarship in a clear, readable style, integrating Indology, religious studies, philosophy, anthropological theory and fieldwork, and sweeping analyses of Hindu texts. -- "Choice"

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Genre: Religion
Author: Axel Michaels
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2004
File: 429 Pages
ISBN-13: 0691089523

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Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions; an amalgam of diverse beliefs and schools, it originates in the Vedas and is rooted in Indian culture. Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide illuminates complex philosophical concepts through lucid definitions, a historical perspective and incisive analyses. It examines various aspects of Hinduism, covering festivals and rituals, gods and goddesses, philosophers, memorials, aesthetics, and sacred plants and animals. The author also explores pivotal ideas, including moksha, karma, dharma and samsara, and details the diverse commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and other important texts. Citing extensively from the regional languages, the book describes Hinduism’s innumerable myths and legends, and looks at the many versions of texts including the Ramayana and Mahabharata, placing each entry in its historical context and tracing its evolution to the present.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Roshen Dalal
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Release: 2010
File: 483 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780143414216

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Produced specifically to answer QCA concerns over attainment and assessment in RE at Key Stage 3, this series balances learning about religions with learning from religions. It comprises differentiated Student Books, Teacher's Resource Packs and CD-ROMs, on the six major world faiths.

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Genre: Hinduism
Author: Lynne Gibson
Publisher: Heinemann
Release: 2002
File: 62 Pages
ISBN-13: 0435336185

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Looks at the history, rituals, customs, social aspects, and other issues surrounding Hinduism.

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Genre: Reference
Author: Robin Rinehart
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Release: 2004-01-01
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781576079058

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Explore Hinduism is a concise but well-rounded introduction to the variety of beliefs and practices, and describes how Hindus think, act and practice their faith in the modern world. Most importantly, it illuminates the 'soul' of Hinduism, its spirituality.

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Genre: Hinduism
Author: Bansi Pandit
Publisher: Heart of Albion
Release: 2005
File: 187 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781872883816

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Examines the Hindu religion, including its major beliefs, scriptures, worship practices, and festivals.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Katy Gerner
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release: 2008
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761431667

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The third edition of this well-regarded introduction to Hinduism adds new material on the religion’s origins, on its relations with rival traditions, and on Hindu science.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Klaus K. Klostermaier
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 2010-03-10
File: 718 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791480113

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A short, user-friendly introduction to major historical, cultural, spiritual and theological points of interest in the complex of faith traditions known collectively as Hinduism.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John Renard
Publisher: Paulist Press
Release: 1999
File: 179 Pages
ISBN-13: 080913845X

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Publisher: Himalayan Academy Publications
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ISBN-13: 9781934145272

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Leading scholars from around the world take stock of two centuries of intellectual investment in Hinduism, and chart the course of what remains to be accomplished in the field of Hindu studies.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release: 2003
File: 315 Pages
ISBN-13: 1570034494

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