Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

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Acknowledgements

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me write this book. I am indebted to all those who have taught me about Hinduism, to my teachers, Hindu friends, and colleagues. Detailed footnoting has not been appropriate, and in its absence I express my gratitude to those whose work has helped me to describe and explain Hinduism. A particular 'Thank you' goes to my students, to those who took my course in 1997 when I tried out my ideas, to the postgraduates who inspired me, and to all those over the years who showed an interest in Hinduism and encouraged me to make it accessible to them. Without this practice, I could not have attempted this task.

I would also like to thank those who assisted with the production of the manuscript and its publication: the publisher's readers, particularly Julia Leslie, for their constructive advice and informed comments, Tamsin Shelton for her speed and precision, and George Miller and Shelley Cox at Oxford University Press for support and guidance throughout the process. I also benefited immensely from the kindness, imagination, and attention to detail of family and friends who read the draft manuscript: special thanks to my mother. Kay Knott, my husband, John Murdoch, Ursula King, Eleanor Nesbitt, Ram Krishan Prashar, and Bob Jackson. I had helpful conversations with other friends and postgraduates in the formative stages, especially Nilaben Pancholi, Sewa Singh Kalsi, Gavin Flood, Jackie Hurst, Subash Sharma, Bob Exon, Preeti Tyagi, and Daphne Green. I would

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • List of Maps xiv
  • Chapter 1 - The Scholar and the Devotee 1
  • Chapter 2 - Revelation and the Transmission of Knowledge 11
  • Chapter 3 - Understanding the Self 24
  • Chapter 4 - Divine Heroes: The Epic Tradition 38
  • Chapter 5 - The Divine Presence 48
  • Chapter 6 - Hinduism, Colonialism, and Modernity 65
  • Chapter 7 - Challenges to Hinduism: Women and Dalits 78
  • Chapter 8 - Crossing the Black Waters: Hinduism Beyond India 92
  • Chapter 9 - Hindu Dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms 107
  • Appendix - The Six Philosophical Systems (Darshana) 116
  • Timeline 117
  • Glossary 121
  • Further Reading 125
  • References 131
  • Index 135
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