Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Religion: The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism

Editor/Author Flood, Gavin
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $258.00
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ISBN: 978-0-631-21535-6
Category: Religion & Theology - Hinduism
Image Count: 11
Book Status: Available
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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. Comprehensively covers the textual traditions of Hinduism. Features four coherent sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics. Reflects the trend away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism towards tradition and regional-specific studies. Includes material on Hindu folk religions and stresses the importance of region in analyzing Hinduism Ideal for use on university courses.

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Table of 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 Upanissads - Michael Witzel
  • 4 The Dharmaś āstras - 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 Śaiva Traditions - Gavin Flood
  • 11 History of Vaisnava Traditions: An Esquisse - 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 Kārtik and Women's Ritual Devotions to Krishna in Benares - Tracy Pintchman
  • Part III Systematic Thought
  • Introduction - Frits Staal
  • The Indian Sciences
  • 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, SJ
  • 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