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A History of India by Peter Robb

By Peter Robb

A historical past of India explores the crucial subject matters that unify Indian historical past and provides the reader a worldly and available view of India’s dynamics from precedent days, the Mughal Empire, and the British Raj via post-1947 India. The ebook examines Indian politics, spiritual ideals, caste, atmosphere, nationalism, colonialism, and gender, between different matters. It additionally discusses long term monetary improvement, the influence of worldwide alternate, and the origins of rural poverty. Peter Robb’s transparent, fluent narrative explores the interaction among India’s empires, areas of rule, customs, and ideology, and is a perfect place to begin for people with an curiosity in India’s earlier and current.

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Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Library of by Julius Lipner

By Julius Lipner

'Hinduism' is a significantly advanced phenomenon, a global faith with a background of over 3000 years. It has produced women and men who've made striking contributions around the diversity of civilised human behaviour, and performed an important half within the upward thrust of 2 different nice religions - Buddhism and Sikhism. Julius Lipner was once born and raised in India and is ready to draw on his personal adventure of Hindu ideals and practices to give an explanation for what it skill to be Hindu in a altering international. Hindus examines the faith as a plural phenomenon - that's, as a family members of religions, instead of a monolithic entity. The procedure is thematic, and the writer considers a number of subject matters - akin to the prestige of ladies - in additional than one position and from a couple of attitude. He additionally tells and occasionally analyses Hindu tales, stressing the narrative caliber of Hindu faith and giving us an perception into the character of the Hindu phenomenon itself. Hindus presents a brand new viewpoint on what it ability to dwell as a Hindu and allows readers to understand this nice and marvellous spiritual phenomenon, its notable richness, and how it encompasses human event from the elegant to the ridiculous.

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A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an by Prema Kurien

By Prema Kurien

Multiculturalism within the usa is usually lauded as a favorable social excellent celebrating the range of our kingdom. yet, in fact, immigrants usually believe burdened to create a unique formula in their id that doesn't replicate the range of cultures that exist of their place of origin. Hindu americans have confronted this problem over the past fifteen years, because the variety of Indians that experience immigrated to this state has greater than doubled. In ''A position on the Multicultural Table'', Prema A. Kurien indicates how numerous Hindu American corporations - non secular, cultural, and political - are trying to respond to the complicated questions of id outdoors their fatherland. Drawing at the studies of either immigrant and American-born Hindu americans, Kurien demonstrates how spiritual principles and practices are being imported, exported, and reshaped within the method. the results of this transnational circulate is an American Hinduism - an prepared, politicized, and standardized model of that that is present in India. this primary in-depth examine Hinduism within the usa and the Hindu Indian American neighborhood is helping readers to appreciate the non-public devotions, practices, and ideology of Hindu Indian american citizens in addition to their political mobilization and activism. It explains the variations among immigrant and American-born Hindu american citizens, how either comprehend their faith and their identification, and it emphasizes the significance of the social and cultural context of the us in influencing the advance of an American Hinduism.

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Studies in Modern Jewish and Hindu Thought by Margaret Chatterjee

By Margaret Chatterjee

The ebook compares smooth Jewish and Hindu proposal via discussing chosen writers on the subject of universal matters taken care of by way of them, concerns that are nonetheless correct this present day. The writers are Mahatma Gandhi, Max Nordau, A.D. Gordon, Martin Buber, Sri Aurobindo, Rav Kook and Rabindranath Tagore. the problems contain the next: the critique of civilisation, the concept that of labour, self-definition vis-a-vis 'east' and 'west', the pursuit of 'realisation' both separately or jointly, using evolution as a source idea, and the critique of nationalism which ran parallel to its pursuit.

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The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a by Edwin Bryant, Maria Ekstrand

By Edwin Bryant, Maria Ekstrand

Dancing and chanting with their shaven heads and saffron gowns, Hare Krishnas awarded the main seen face of any of the jap religions transplanted to the West in the course of the sixties and seventies. but few humans recognize a lot approximately them. This finished research contains greater than twenty contributions from contributors, ex-members, and lecturers who've the Hare Krishna circulation for years. because the dying of its founder, the flow, often referred to as the foreign Society for Krishna recognition (ISKCON), has skilled debates over the jobs of authority, heresy, and dissent, that have ended in the improvement of a number of splinter events. there's a starting to be women's rights circulation and a hugely publicized baby abuse scandal. supplying a privileged examine the folks and concerns shaping ISKCON, this quantity additionally bargains perception into the complicated components surrounding the emergence of non secular traditions, together with early Christianity, in addition to a glimpse of the unique seeds and the germinating phases of a spiritual culture placing down roots in overseas soil.

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Vedic Voices: Intimate Narratives of a Living Andhra by David M. Knipe

By David M. Knipe

For numerous generations households have lived in remoted groups within the Godavari Delta of coastal Andhra Pradesh, studying and reciting their legacy of Vedas, acting day-by-day choices and coffee sacrifices. they're the almost unrecognized survivors of a 3,700-year-old history, the final in India who practice the traditional animal and soma sacrifices in keeping with Vedic culture.

In Vedic Voices, David M. Knipe bargains for the 1st time, a chance for them to discuss their lives, ancestral lineages, own offerings as pandits, other halves, kids, and methods of dealing with an avalanche of adjustments in glossy India. He offers a research of 4 generations of ten households, from these born on the outset of the 20 th century all the way down to their great-grandsons who're simply starting, on the age of 7, the duty of memorizing their Veda, the Taittiriya Samhita, a feat that might require 8 to 12 years of day-by-day recitations. After winning examinations those younger males will stay with the Veda relations ladies they married as teenagers years prior to, take their locations within the oral transmission of a three-thousand-year Vedic historical past, educate the Taittiriya selection of texts to their very own sons, and adopt with their other halves the foremost and minor sacrifices played through their ancestors for a few 3 millennia.

Coastal Andhra, famed for bountiful rice and coconut plantations, has acquired scant consciousness from historians of faith and anthropologists regardless of a wealth of cultural traditions. Vedic Voices describes in beautiful prose the geography, cultural heritage, pilgrimage traditions, and celebrated folks of the sector. the following unfolds a amazing tale of Vedic pandits and their other halves, one scarcely recognized in India and never in any respect to the skin international.

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In Search of Shiva: A Study of Folk Religious Practices in by Haroon Khalid

By Haroon Khalid

Hidden in the emerging tide of Islamic puritanism and extremism in Pakistan there's one other international of Islamic religiosity which doesn't glance in the direction of the center East for its spiritual id yet is as an alternative rooted within the cultural ideals of South Asia. Comprising traditions that experience their roots within the antiquity of the Indus Valley Civilization, it unearths expression in shrines of phallic choices, sacred animals and sacred bushes. within the backdrop of financial improvement and emerging extremism, those shrines exist as an anomaly and are more and more prone to being eroded. becoming connectivity among rural and concrete parts additional threatens the uniqueness of those shrines and spiritual traditions.
In seek of Shiva records those non secular traditions and stories how they've got survived through the years and are actually adapting to the more and more inflexible spiritual weather in Pakistan.

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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (The Great by Devdutt Pattanaik

By Devdutt Pattanaik

Excessive above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, home of the gods. nonetheless above is Vaikuntha, heaven, domicile of God.

The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, either whose names suggest 'victory'. One retains you in Swarga; the opposite increases you into Vaikuntha.

In Vaikuntha there's bliss eternally, in Swarga there's excitement for less than so long as you deserve. what's the distinction among Jaya and Vijaya? clear up this puzzle and you'll clear up the secret of the Mahabharata.

In this mesmerizing retelling of India's maximum epic, the Mahabharata initially referred to as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves right into a unmarried narrative plots from the Sanskrit vintage in addition to its many folks and neighborhood variations, together with the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings through the writer, the 108 chapters abound with little-known info comparable to the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the tales of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata model of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the courting of the warfare in line with astronomical data.

With readability and ease, the stories during this based quantity display the everlasting relevance of the Mahabharata, the advanced and stressful meditation at the human that has formed Indian proposal for over 3000 years.

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