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History and principles of religions

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  • Hinduism: A Very Short Introductionby Kim Knott

    OUP Oxford 2000; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott combines a succinct and authoritative overview of a major religion with an analysis of the challenges facing it in the twentieth century. 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... more...

  • The Blackwell Companion to Hinduismby Gavin Flood

    Wiley 2008; US$ 258.00 US$ 223.60

    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... more...

  • Holy People of the Worldby Phyllis G. Jestice

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 285.00

    A cross-cultural encyclopedia of the most significant holy people in history, examining why people in a wide range of religious traditions throughout the world have been regarded as divinely inspired. more...

  • Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourseby Brian A. Hatcher

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 134.99 US$ 116.09

    In this new book, Brian Hatcher examines the modern Hindu penchant for constructing religious worlds in an eclectic fashion. Noting how Hindu apologists from Rammohun Roy to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan make an almost promiscuous use of the world's many philosophies and religions to define and defend Hinduism, Hatcher sets out to explore the ancient roots... more...

  • The Emergence of the Science of Religion in the Netherlandsby Arie L. Molendijk

    BRILL 2005; US$ 129.00

    This book explores the emergence of the science of religion in the Netherlands in the second half of the nineteenth century. The emphasis is on processes of institutionalization, professionalization, and internationalization on the one hand, and on contemporary discussions about method and conceptualization on the other. more...

  • Religion Against the Selfby Isabelle Nabokov

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 60.00 US$ 51.60

    This study, based on the author's fieldwork among rural Tamil villagers in South India, focuses on the ways in which people in this society interact with the supernatural beings who play such a large role in their personal and corporate lives. more...

  • The Origin of the Godsby Richard S. Caldwell

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 39.95 US$ 34.36

    After describing those aspects of psychoanalytic theory that are relevant to the understanding of Greek myth, this study interprets, using psychoanalytical methodology, the Greek myth of origin and succession, particularly as stated in Hesiod's "Theogony". more...

  • The Embodiment of Bhaktiby Karen Pechilis Prentiss

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 149.99 US$ 128.99

    This book offers an interpretive history of bhakti, an influential religious perspective in Hinduism. Prentiss argues that although bhakti is mentioned in every contemporary sourcebook on Indian religions, it still lacks an agreed-upon definition. "Devotion" is found to be the most commonly used synonym. Prentiss seeks a new perspective on this elusive... more...

  • Was Hinduism Invented?by Brian K. Pennington

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 35.99 US$ 30.95

    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 US$ 120.39

    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...