The Hindu World is the most complete, authoritative and up-to-date one-volume guide to Hindu faith and culture available today. With twenty-four dedicated chapters written by the world's leading Hinduism scholars, it elucidates the history, philosophy and practice of one of the world's great religious traditions. The perfect reference for all students of Hinduism, it is ideal for both for introductory-level study and for use as a definitive reference source. Proving invaluable for its wealth of historical material, in addition, The Hindu World also offers new insights into all aspects of Hindu life, ranging from the devotional texts of the Vedas and Ramayana to current perspectives on dharma and kama, temple architecture, sacred food, ritual, caste, cosmic philosophy, history and modernization.
The Hindu World emphasizes Hinduism's classical heritage and daily practice as well as contemporary approaches to Hindu scholarship. Exploring the enormous diversity of Hindu devotion whilst considering Hinduism's academic status as a category for analysis, the book achieves a distinctive creative balance between the beliefs and values of Hindus themselves, and scholarly 'outsider' perspectives.
Taylor and Francis; July 2004
- ISBN 9781134608768
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- Title: The Hindu World
- Author: Sushil Mittal (ed.); Gene Thursby (ed.)
In The Press
'Every chapter has its own merit. It will be a very ideal text for both researchers and scholars.' – The Hindu
'[This book provides] a splendid, learned and largely comprehensive guide to the major themes of Hindu life and thought.' – Reviews in Religion and Theology
About The Author
Sushil Mittal is Assistant Professor of Religion at James Madison University in Virginia and founding editor of the International Journal of Hindu Studies. Gene Thursby is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Florida.