Modern Hinduism In Text And Context

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Modern Hinduism In Text And Context

Author : Lavanya Vemsani
ISBN : 9781350045101
Genre : Religion
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Modern Hinduism in Text and Context brings together textual and contextual approaches to provide a holistic understanding of modern Hinduism. It examines new sources - including regional Saiva texts, Odissi dance and biographies of Nationalists - and discusses topics such as yoga, dance, visual art and festivals in tandem with questions of spirituality and ritual. The book addresses themes and issues yet to receive in-depth attention in the study of Hinduism. It shows that Hinduism endures not only in texts, but also in the context of festivals and devotion, and that contemporary practice, devotional literature, creative traditions and ethics inform the intricacies of a religion in context. Lavanya Vemsani draws on social scientific methodologies as well as history, ethnography and textual analysis, demonstrating that they are all part of the toolkit for understanding the larger framework of religion in the context of emerging nationhood, transnational and transcultural interactions.
Category: Religion

Text And Context In The History Literature And Religion Of Orissa

Author : Angelika Malinar
ISBN : UOM:39015061005834
Genre : Odisha (India)
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The Last Decades Of The 20Th Century Have Witnessed An Enlarged Understanding Of The Notion Of `Text` As Not Only Comprising Written Documents, But Also Rituals, Artefacts Etc. And Brought It Closer To The Social Religious Or Historical Contexts That Help To Interpret Texts. In Dealing With The Interdependence Between Text And Context The Essays Here Provide Fresh Insights To The Complexity And Fluidity Of Cultural Contexts That Use Text As Stable Points Of Reference. In This Book The Traditions Of Orissa Are Considered In Their Uniqueness As Well As In Their Relationship To South Asian Cultural Contexts On A Larger Scale.
Category: Odisha (India)

Translating Wisdom

Author : Shankar Nair
ISBN : 9780520345683
Genre : History
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A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at During the height of Muslim power in Mughal South Asia, Hindu and Muslim scholars worked collaboratively to translate a large body of Hindu Sanskrit texts into the Persian language. Translating Wisdom reconstructs the intellectual processes and exchanges that underlay these translations. Using as a case study the 1597 Persian rendition of the Yoga-Vasistha—an influential Sanskrit philosophical tale whose popularity stretched across the subcontinent—Shankar Nair illustrates how these early modern Muslim and Hindu scholars drew upon their respective religious, philosophical, and literary traditions to forge a common vocabulary through which to understand one another. These scholars thus achieved, Nair argues, a nuanced cultural exchange and interreligious and cross-philosophical dialogue significant not only to South Asia’s past but also its present.
Category: History

Texts And Contexts In Southeast Asia

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ISBN : UOM:39015060234807
Genre : Burma
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Contributed articles, predominantly on cultural sources of Burma and other Southeast Asian countries.
Category: Burma

The Making Of A Modern Temple And A Hindu City

Author : Deonnie Moodie
ISBN : 9780190885267
Genre : Religion
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"Middle-class Hindus have worked to modernize Kālīghāṭ - the most famous Hindu temple in Kolkata - over the past long century. Rather than being rejected with the onslaught of European modernity, the temple became a facet through which Hindus could produce and publicize their modernity, as well as their cities' and their nation's"--
Category: Religion

Ancient Religions Modern Politics

Author : Michael Cook
ISBN : 9780691173344
Genre : Religion
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Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern Politics seeks to answer these questions by examining the roles of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in modern political life, placing special emphasis on the relevance—or irrelevance—of their heritages to today's social and political concerns. Michael Cook takes an in-depth, comparative look at political identity, social values, attitudes to warfare, views about the role of religion in various cultural domains, and conceptions of the polity. In all these fields he finds that the Islamic heritage offers richer resources for those engaged in current politics than either the Hindu or the Christian heritages. He uses this finding to explain the fact that, despite the existence of Hindu and Christian counterparts to some aspects of Islamism, the phenomenon as a whole is unique in the world today. The book also shows that fundamentalism—in the sense of a determination to return to the original sources of the religion—is politically more adaptive for Muslims than it is for Hindus or Christians. A sweeping comparative analysis by one of the world's leading scholars of premodern Islam, Ancient Religions, Modern Politics sheds important light on the relationship between the foundational texts of these three great religious traditions and the politics of their followers today.
Category: Religion

Caribbean Sociology

Author : Rhoda Reddock
ISBN : UOM:39015050544959
Genre : Social Science
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A significant body of Caribbean sociological literature is either scattered, difficult to access, or out of print. This publication addresses this problem by bringing the literature together in a single volume. This comprehensive collection is divided into twelve sections, beginning with a general introduction that reviews Caribbean sociological development. The subsequent sections explore the themes of Caribbean social theory, social stratification, ethnicity, culture and identities, women and gender, education, and modernization, as well as emerging topics of discussion, namely domestic violence, child and sexual abuse, labor market conditions, population and demographic change and indigenous African-derived religions.Christine Barrow is a lecturer in sociology at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Rhoda Reddock, University of the West Indies, is head of the Center for Gender and Development Studies in St. Augustine, Trinidad.
Category: Social Science

Hindu Nationalists Of Modern India

Author : Jose Kuruvachira
ISBN : UOM:39015069168238
Genre : History
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"This book is a critical study of six selected Hindu nationalists of modern India - Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1824-1883), Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856-1920), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966), Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (1906-1973) and Sita Ram Goel (1921-2003) - in order to trace the intellectual genealogy of Hindu cultural nationalism and fundamentalism. Behind each of these there is a dark and hidden history of religious fundamentalism, fanaticism, narrow-minded nationalism, anti-minoritism, anti-secularism and intolerance. But, unfortunately, this is not always known to the people. The present study is an attempt to highlight these less known facts, and also demonstrate that contemporary Hindu cultural nationalism and fundamentalism have their ideological roots in the past. This book will be of interest not only to students, academicians and scholars but also to those who wish to know the facts relating to the rise of certain Hindu nationalist and fundamentalist organisations, political parties, groups, movements and associations, their methods of mass mobilisation and indoctrination, their anti-minority syndrome and militant orientations manifested especially in their attitude towards the Indian Christians and Muslims."
Category: History

Books In Print Supplement

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105210120403
Genre : American literature
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Hinduism In The Modern World

Author : Brian A. Hatcher
ISBN : 9781135046316
Genre : Religion
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Hinduism in the Modern World presents a new and unprecedented attempt to survey the nature, range, and significance of modern and contemporary Hinduism in South Asia and the global diaspora. Organized to reflect the direction of recent scholarly research, this volume breaks with earlier texts on this subject by seeking to overcome a misleading dichotomy between an elite, intellectualist "modern" Hinduism and the rest of what has so often been misleadingly termed "traditional" or "popular" Hinduism. Without neglecting the significance of modern reformist visions of Hinduism, this book reconceptualizes the meaning of "modern Hinduism" both by expanding its content and by situating its expression within a larger framework of history, ethnography, and contemporary critical theory. This volume equips undergraduate readers with the tools necessary to appreciate the richness and diversity of Hinduism as it has developed during the past two centuries.
Category: Religion

Modern Indian Political Thought

Author : Bidyut Chakrabarty
ISBN : 9789352801893
Genre : Political Science
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In contrast to the existing literature on the subject, this book carries a context-driven conceptualization of the major strands of political thought that emerged in India in the past two centuries. It focuses on India's peculiar socio-political processes under colonialism that influenced the evolution of such thoughts. The distinguishing feature of this book is its linking of the text of Indian political thought with the context. In doing so, it challenges the ethno-centric interpretation of nationalism that despite its roots in western Enlightenment, evolved differently because of the context in which it was articulated.
Category: Political Science

The Dawn Of Indian Civilization Up To C 600 B C

Author : Govind Chandra Pande
ISBN : UOM:39015053523380
Genre : India
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The First Volume Is A New Adventure In The Historiography Of Indian Civiliztion. It Avoids The Ethnic And West-Centred Bias Which Has Been A Legacy Of Colonial Historiography. It Seeks Strict Scientific Objectivity, Differing From All Hitherto Existing Volumes Of This Kind By Giving Due Attention To Science And Philosophy In The History Of Indian Civilization. The Contributions Are Based On The First-Hand And Critical Study Of The Original Sources By The Best Known Experts. While Meticulously Attending To Chronology And Hard Data, The Volume Also Seeks To Understand Scientific And Philosophical Concepts, Methods And Theories. It Seeks To Present The Symbolic World Of Art And Culture As Grounded In Moral Vision As Well As Social Reality. The Work Is Designed To Be Of Use To Scholars And Specially To Students And General Readers. The Volume Is Divided Into Six Sections: Historiography; Technology And Social Evolution; Proto-History; The Vedas, Vedic Society And Ideas; And Foundations And Beginnings Of Systematic Science.
Category: India

Science Philosophy And Culture

Author : Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya
ISBN : UOM:39015031130670
Genre : History
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Overview volumes of the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture.
Category: History

The Fruits Of Our Desiring

Author : Julius Lipner
ISBN : 1896209300
Genre : Religion
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Elegant essays by eminent scholars discussing the Gita as a living, dynamic text.
Category: Religion

Contemporary Hinduism

Author : Robin Rinehart
ISBN : 9781576079058
Genre : Reference
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Looks at the history, rituals, customs, social aspects, and other issues surrounding Hinduism.
Category: Reference

History And The Making Of A Modern Hindu Self

Author : Aparna Devare
ISBN : 9781136197079
Genre : History
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Taking the contentious debates surrounding historical evidence and history writing between secularists and Hindu nationalists as a starting point, this book seeks to understand the origins of a growing historical consciousness in contemporary India, especially amongst Hindus. The broad question it poses is: Why has ‘history’ become such an important site of identity, conflict and self-definition amongst modern Hindus, especially when Hinduism is known to have been notoriously impervious to history? As modern ideas regarding notions of history came to India with colonialism, it turns to the colonial period as the ‘moment of encounter’ with such ideas. The book examines three distinct moments in the Hindu self through the lives and writings of lower-caste public figure Jotiba Phule, ‘moderate’ nationalist M. G. Ranade and Hindu nationalist V. D. Savarkar. Through a close reading of original writings, speeches and biographical material, it is demonstrated that these three individuals were engaged with a modern historical and rationalist approach. However, the same material is also used to argue that Phule and Ranade viewed religion as living, contemporaneous and capable of informing both their personal and political lives. Savarkar, the ‘explicitly Hindu’ leader, on the contrary, held Hindu practices and traditions in contempt, confining them to historical analysis while denying any role for religion as spirituality or morality in contemporary political life. While providing some historical context, this volume highlights the philosophical/ political ideas and actions of the three individuals discussed. It integrates aspects of their lives as central to understanding their politics.
Category: History