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Laine, James W.

Works: 6 works in 43 publications in 1 language and 1,029 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DS461.9.S5, 954.792
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James W Laine
Shivaji : Hindu king in Islamic India by James W Laine( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony. The legends of his life have become an epic story that everyone in western India knows, and an important part of the Hindu nationalists' ideology. To read Shivaji's legend today is to find expression of deeply held convictions about what Hinduism means and how it is opposed to Islam."
Meta-religion : religion and power in world history by James W Laine( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While many textbooks treat 'world religions' in an apolitical way, as if each religion were a path for individual seekers after wisdom and not a discourse intimately connected with the exercise of power, Laine's book treats religion and politics as halves of the same whole, and he traces their relationship from the days of Alexander the Great to the secularists of modern Europe, with stops in classical India, China, and the Islamic world"--Provided by publisher
Visions of God : narratives of theophany in the Mahābhārata by James W Laine( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epic of Shivaji by Paramānanda( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sivabharata, composed during the lifetime of Maratha King Shivaji Bhosle (1627-80) by his court-poet Kavindra Paramananda, and here presented as The Epic of Shivaji, is a classical Sanskrit epic poem which recounts the early feats of Shivaji and those of his immediate forbears Maloji and Shahji. It is both a historical chronicle and a laudatory mahakavya (epic poem). This book contains the first complete English translation of the poem, together with a detailed introductory study by James W. Laine (who also translated the poem) and an essay by S.S. Bahulkar on the poem's place in classical mahakavya literature. It is meant as a contribution to the study of seventeenth century Indian history and late Sanskrit literature, and to the study of Shivaji as one of India's most prominent heroic figures. It provides the reader not only with a contemporary interpretation of Shivaji's life, but also with access to an English version of the Sanskrit epic poem which is Shivaji's earliest, if not complete, biography."--Book jacket
The theophany narratives of the Mahābhārata : a thesis by James W Laine( )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trying to believe : religion, identity and Anglo-Indian interaction in British popular music by Susan E Bailey( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Religion in Britain is moving out of the churches; few people attend church, yet most people still hold religious beliefs, which increasingly become less orthodox. Traditional notions of God no longer function in contemporary multi-cultural, multi-faith Britain, therefore new ideas must be formed. Analyzin popular music can be a powerful tool to access the theologies of the young, those who have little contact with established religion. Popular music reciprocally reaches millions of people and offers them a voice. White and Asian Britons use music to recreate their social situation and to each other
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Shivaji : Hindu king in Islamic India
Alternative Names
James Laine American writer

Laine, James William

English (43)

The epic of Shivaji