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Oxford University Press, Apr 17, 2008 - Religion - 512 pages
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The Upanisads are the central scriptures of Hinduism. They represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the development of religious ideas in India and because they are our greatest source for the religious, social, and intellectual history of ancient India. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualism of the Veda into new religious ideas and institutions. The first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship. The introduction and detailed notes make this edition ideal for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian religions. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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I am studying the Kenopanishad, and find that Olivelle puts more focus on providing a freer translation into plain English than a more literal translation of the Upanishad. He is, however, short on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barnaby Thieme - Goodreads

The translation is somewhat wooden and the introductory material and explanatory notes are not particularly enlightening, but this is a serviceable and complete collection of translations. Includes full-length renderings of the long Chandogya and Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanisads. Read full review


Guide to the Pronunciation of Sanskrit Words
Note on the Translation
List of Names of Gods People and Places

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Patrick Olivelle is the Chair, Department of Asian Studies, and Director, Center for Asian Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religion. Among his recent publications are: The Samnyasa Upanisads: Hindu Scriptures on Ascetism and Renunciation (Oxford, 1992), The Asrama System: History and Hermeneutics of a Religions Institution (Oxford, 1993), Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceteicsm (State University of New York Press, 1994).

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