Religion in India: An Historical Introduction

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 22, 2006 - Religion - 282 pages
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Religion in India is an ideal first introduction to India's fascinating and varied religious history. Fred Clothey surveys the religions of India from prehistory and Indo-European migration through to the modern period. Exploring the interactions between different religious movements over time, and engaging with some of the liveliest debates in religious studies, he examines the rituals, mythologies, arts, ethics and social and cultural contexts of religion as lived in the past and present on the subcontinent.

Key topics discussed include:

  • Hinduism, its origins and development over time
  • minority religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Buddhism
  • the influences of colonialism on Indian religion
  • the spread of Indian religions in the rest of the world
  • the practice of religion in everyday life, including case studies of pilgrimages, festivals, temples and rituals, and the role of women

Written by an experienced teacher, this student-friendly textbook is full of clear, lively discussion and vivid examples. Complete with maps and illustrations, and useful pedagogical features, including timelines, a comprehensive glossary, and recommended further reading specific to each chapter, this is an invaluable resource for students beginning their studies of Indian religions.

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About the author (2006)

Fred Clothey is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author and co-editor of numerous books and articles, including Rhythm and Intent (1983). He is the co-founder of the Journal of Ritual Studies and is also a documentary filmmaker.

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