Hinduism

Hinduism

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback - 2016 | Second edition.
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Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-firstcentury. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana.In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issuessuch as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition: Second edition.
ISBN: 9780198745549
0198745540
Branch Call Number: 294.5
Characteristics: xviii, 138 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.

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LPL_TriciaK Dec 15, 2017

The "very short introduction" series provide a quick overview of hundreds of subjects, and the library has quite a number of these works. Any topic - from this book about Hinduism, to scientific concepts, (gravity, infinity) to political systems (U.S. Congress) - are explained in the series published by Oxford University Press. The discussion of Hinduism provided here is fascinating, and for this student of yoga, provides insights into the religious culture that surrounded the development of the philosophy of yoga.

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