Oxford India Hinduism Reader

Paperback | May 1, 2009

EditorVasudha Dalmia, Heinrich von Stietencron

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This volume discusses various aspects of Hinduism. Since the 1990s there has been significant historical scholarship on 'Hinduism', including some in the nature of political commentary. The focus is on tracing broadly the changing perception of Hinduism through the ages, to the current trendsin the rise of Hindutva.In its selection of articles from a broad range of perspectives this volume discusses the relationship between national identity and religion, and the role of religion in the public sphere. It draws a clear sketch of early Hindu traditions and practices and their social role, the engagement ofHinduism with minority traditions, and its modern political and social context. The essays touch upon various themes providing a historical perspective of early Hindu traditions (Hardy, Stientencron), religious authority (Malinar), movements (Dalmia), engagement with minority traditions (Das), law(Conrad), and contemporary trends, especially in historiography (Pandey), performance (Kapur), Hindutva (Chatterjee, Jaffrelot), and gender (Paola Bacchetta) among others. A comprehensive introduction by Vasudha Dalmia situates the essays in their proper political and social context and alsoprovides an update on recent developments.

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This volume discusses various aspects of Hinduism. Since the 1990s there has been significant historical scholarship on 'Hinduism', including some in the nature of political commentary. The focus is on tracing broadly the changing perception of Hinduism through the ages, to the current trendsin the rise of Hindutva.In its selection of ...

Vasudha Dalmia is Professor of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Heinrich von Stietencron has been Professor of Indology and Comparative History of Religion (1973-98) at the University of Tuebingen. He was awarded the Padma Shree in 2004, the only...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:403 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Historical Perspectives1. Friedhelm Hardy: A Radical Reassessment of the Vedic Heritage: The Acaryahrdayam and its Wider Implications2. Heinrich von Stietencron: Religious Configurations in Medieval India and the Modern Concept of Hinduism3. Vasudha Dalmia: The Only Real Religion of the Hindus': Vaisnava Self-representation in the Late Nineteenth CenturyPart II: The Changing Faces of Religious Authority4. Angelika Malinar: Sankara as Jagadguru According to Sankara-Digvijaya5. Robert J. Zydenbos: Madhva and the Reform of Vaisnavism in Karnataka6. Wilhelm Halbfass: Practical VedantaPart III: Law, History and the Nationalization of Hinduism7. Dieter Conrad: The Personal Law Question and Hindu Nationalism8. Partha Chatterjee: History and the Nationalization of Hinduism9. Anuradha Kapur: The Representation of Gods and Heroes in the Parsi Mythological Drama of the Early Twentieth CenturyPart IV: The Category 'Hindu' in Political Discourse of Nepal10. Richard Burghart: The Category 'Hindu' in the Political Discourse of Nepal11. Veena Das: Counter-concepts and the Creation of Cultural Identity: Hindus in the Militant Sikh Discourse12. Christophe Jaffrelot: The Vishva Hindu Parishad: A Nationalist but Mimetic Attempt at Federating the Hindu Sects13. Gyanendra Pandey: The Appeal of Hindu History14. Paola Bacchetta: Gendered Fractures in Hindu Nationalism: On the Subject-Members of the Rashtra Sevika SamitiList of Contributors