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  • Was Hinduism Invented?by Brian K. Pennington

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 35.99

    Drawing on a large body of previously untapped literature, including documents from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington offers a fascinating portrait of the process by which "Hinduism" came into being. He argues against the common idea that the modern construction of religion in colonial India was simply a fabrication... more...

  • Playing Host to Deityby Paul Younger

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 139.99

    The annual festivals that are central to the south Indian religious tradition are among the largest religious gatherings found anywhere in the world. Most are located at Hindu temples, but some are at Buddhist, Christian, or Islamic centers, and many involve people or symbols from more than one religious tradition. To an observer, the activities... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Hinduismby Constance Jones

    Infobase Publishing 2006; US$ 75.00

    "Encyclopedia of World Religions" explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their background. Each illustrated volume provides access to the theological concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of each religion and the way it is practiced. more...

  • Introduction to Ancient Iranian Religionby William W. Malandra

    University of Minnesota Press 1983; US$ 67.50

    When Persia fell to Islam in the mid-seventh century, the ancient Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism all but disappeared (although it is still practiced by small groups in India and Iran). As one of the dominant religions of antiquity, it influenced the more...

  • Bhagavad Gitaby Edwin Arnold

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    The Bhagavad Gita , one of the most sacred and venerated Hindu texts, is a series of conversations between the Lord Krishna – the divine one – and the warrior prince Arjuna in the prelude to the Kurukshetra war. Consisting of seven hundred stanzas and dealing with parables, and analogies covering the Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, it... more...

  • Sivaby Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

    Oxford University Press 1981; US$ 39.99

    Originally published under the title Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva , this book traces the development of an Indian approach to an enduring human dilemma: the conflict between spiritual aspirations and human desires. The work examines hundreds of related myths and a wide range of Indian texts--Vedic, Puranic, classical, modern,... more...

  • The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near Eastby

    BRILL 2008; US$ 166.00

    This interdisciplinary collection of articles brings out the variety of local and regional patterns of worship in the Near East, and in this manner contributes to our quest for understanding the polytheistic cults of the region as a whole. more...

  • Framing the Jinaby John Cort

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 87.99

    John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also narratives... more...

  • Heroic Wives Rituals, Stories and the Virtues of Jain Wifehoodby M. Whitney Kelting

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 82.99

    In this fieldwork-based study, Kelting explores the ways in which Jain women use sati narratives and rituals to understand wifehood as a choice, which these women's ongoing ritual practices continually shape. She focuses on eight well-known Jain sati narratives, recorded in both formal ritual contexts and in informal retellings, and also as read aloud... more...

  • Hindu Narratives on Human Rightsby Arvind Sharma

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 64.00

    Written by a leading Hindu scholar, Hindu Narratives on Human Rights is organized around specific rights, such as the right to own property, the rights of children, women's rights, and animal rights. Within these categories and in light of the questions they raise, the book provides a guided tour of Hindu narratives on ethics, ranging from the famous... more...