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Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction



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Author: Kim Knott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publish Date: 01 Dec 2016

ISBN-13: 9780198745549

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India’s population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the
transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana.

In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issues such as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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About the Author

This short introduction to one of the world’s greatest religions takes in its history, its place in society and its future in the digital age. * Steve Craggs, Northern Echo *
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Table of Contents

1. The Scholar and the practitioner ; 2. Revelation and the transmission of knowledge ; 3. Understanding the self ; 4. Divine heroes: the epic tradition ; 5. The divine presence ; 6. Hinduism, colonialism, and modernity ; 7. Challenges to Hinduism: women and Dalits ; 8. Crossing the black waters: Hinduism beyond India ; 9. Hindu Dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms ; Further Reading ; Index
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