An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D. FloodAn Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D. Flood

An Introduction to Hinduism

byGavin D. Flood

Paperback | July 13, 1996

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This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr. Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from ancient origins and the major deities to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism are discussed. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, more fundamental than belief or doctrine; and to Dravidian influences. It introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship.
Title:An Introduction to HinduismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:July 13, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521438780

ISBN - 13:9780521438780

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Table of Contents

1. Points of departure; 2. Ancient origins; 3. Dharma; 4. Yoga and renunciation; 5. Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism; 6. The love of Visnu; 7. Saiva and tantric religion; 8. The Goddess and Sákta traditions; 9. Hindu ritual; 10. Hindu theology and philosophy; 11. Hinduism and the modern world.

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"An Introduction to Hinduism is a highly readable and authoritative conspectus on this great religion....An Introduction to Hinduism will surely find a much wider audience, for scholars of comparative religion, Indologists, and non-specialists in their distinctive ways will certainly find this handsome book well worth reading." David Hicks, Asian Thought and Society