Sources of Indian Tradition: From the beginning to 1800

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Columbia University Press, 1988 - History - 547 pages
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Since 1958 Sources of Indian Tradition has been one of the most important and widely used texts on civilization in South Asia (now the nation-sates of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). It has helped generations of students and lay readers understand how leading thinkers there have looked at life, the traditions of their ancestors, and the world they live in.

This second edition has been extensively revised, with much new material added. Introductory essays explain the particular settings in which these thinkers have expressed their ideas about religious, social, political, and economic questions. Brief summaries precede each passage from their writings or sayings.

The traditions represented include Brahmanism, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. The book includes a chronology of Indian history from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1858.

-- Robert P. Goldman, University of California, Berkeley

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User Review  - Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT - Goodreads

This book is fabulous! It gathers together primary sources starting with the Vedas and moving through Indian literature to the 1800's. Each section is introduced by very clear and informative ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mandy Jones - Goodreads

Really more of a religious, historical text of hinduism, rather than a story with a plot. Very interesting if you enjoy studying the conception of societal religious constraints. Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Franklin Odo is director of the Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institution and curator in the National Museum of American History. His previous works include A Pictorial History of the Japanese in Hawaii, 1885 to 1924 and numerous articles and essays. He lives in Washington, DC.

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