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Indian Religions

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  • Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourseby Brian A. Hatcher

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 134.99

    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...

  • Religion Against the Selfby Isabelle Nabokov

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 60.00

    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...

  • Serene Compassionby Denise Lardner Carmody; the late John Tully Carmody

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 44.99

    Buddhism is deeply attractive to many in the West. Its ideals of serenity and compassion seem to supply a dimension of personal spirituality that they don't find in their own traditions. For those raised in the Christian Church, Buddhism can appear to exemplify the best in their own religion--qualities such as peacefulness, simplicity, and reverence... more...

  • The Dhammapadaby John Ross Carter; Mahinda Palihawadana

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 72.99

    The Dhammapada , the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, also ranks among the classics of the world's religious literature. This book presents the first comprehensive edition of the Dhammapada and its commentary in English, allowing readers a unique appreciation of the text itself as well as its impact within the... more...

  • The Embodiment of Bhaktiby Karen Pechilis Prentiss

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 149.99

    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...

  • Theravada Buddhismby Richard F. Gombrich

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 42.95

    Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up-dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha's predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism... more...

  • Imagining a Place for Buddhismby Anne E. Monius

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 114.99

    While Tamil-speaking South India is celebrated for its preservation of Hindu tradition, other religious communities have played a significant role in shaping the region's religious history. Among these non-Hindu communities is that of the Buddhists, who are little-understood because of the scarcity of remnants of Tamil-speaking Buddhist culture. Here,... more...

  • 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...