The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism

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Gavin Flood
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Religion - 616 pages
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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Contents

Introduction Establishing the Boundaries
1
Part I Theoretical Issues
21
Part II Text and Tradition
65
Part III Systematic Thought
343
Part IV Society Politics and Nation
493
Index
588
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About the author (2008)

Gavin Flood is Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. Among his publications are Beyond Phenomonology: Rethinking the Study of Religion (1999), An Introduction to Hinduism (1996), and Body and Cosmology in Kashmir Œaivism (1993).

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