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  • The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Wasby Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.19

    Many cultures have myths about self-imitation, stories about people who pretend to be someone else pretending to be them, in effect masquerading as themselves. This great theme, in literature and in life, tells us that people put on masks to discover who they really are under the masks they usually wear, so that the mask reveals rather than conceals... more...

  • The Rig Vedaby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This... more...

  • Hindu Mythsby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.50

    Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers... more...

  • The Implied Spider Updated with a New Prefaceby Wendy Doniger

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    Wendy Doniger's foundational study is both modern in its engagement with a diverse range of religions and refreshingly classic in its transhistorical, cross-cultural approach. By responsibly analyzing patterns and themes across context, Doniger reinvigorates the comparative reading of religion, tapping into a wealth of narrative traditions, from... more...

  • On Hinduismby Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.19

    On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts of polytheism, death, gender, art, contemporary puritanism, non-violence, and much more. more...

  • Redeeming the Kamasutraby Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 19.95 US$ 17.16

    In Redeeming the Kamasutra, one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient Indian texts seeks to restore the Kamasutra to its proper place in the Sanskrit canon, as a landmark of India's secular literature. more...

  • Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religionsby Christian Wedemeyer; Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 37.99 US$ 32.67

    This volume comprises papers presented at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Joachim Wach's death, and the centennial of Mircea Eliade's birth. Its purpose is to reconsider both the problematic, separate legacies of these two major twentieth-century historians of religions, and the bearing of these two legacies upon each other. more...

  • The Laws of Manuby Wendy Doniger; Brian Smith

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; US$ 18.32

    The Laws of Manu form a towering work of Hindu philosophy. Composed by many Brahmin priests, this is an extraordinary, encyclopaedic representation of human life in the world, and how it should be lived. Manu encompasses topics as wide-ranging as the social obligations and duties of the various castes, the proper way for a righteous king to rule... more...

  • The Magic Doeby Aditya Behl; Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.19

    This is a complete translation of the Mirigavati , which is both an introduction to Sufism and one of the true literary classics of pre-modern India, a story that draws freely on the large pool of Indian, Islamic, and European narrative motifs in its distinctive telling of a mystical quest and its resolution. more...

  • Love's Subtle Magicby Aditya Behl; Wendy Doniger

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    The encounter between Muslim and Hindu remains one of the defining issues of South Asian society today. This encounter began as early as the 8th century, and the first Muslim kingdom in India would be established at the end of the 12th century. This powerful kingdom, the Sultanate of Delhi, eventually reduced to vassalage almost every independent kingdom... more...