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The strides of Vishnu : Hindu culture in historical perspective

Author: Ariel Glucklich
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Books about Hinduism often begin by noting the immense size and complexity of the subject. Hinduism is vast and diverse, they say. Or it doesn't exist at all -- Hinduism is merely a convenient (and foreign) term that masks a plurality of traditions. In either case, readers are discouraged by the thought that they are getting only a tiny sample or a shallow overview of something huge and uniquely difficult. This book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ariel Glucklich
ISBN: 9780195314052 0195314050
OCLC Number: 473566974
Description: xiii, 241 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction ; Chapter 1:The Dig and the Temple ; Chapter 2:Sacred Knowledge and Indian Origins ; Chapter 3:A City Where the Rivers Meet ; Chapter 4:King Janaka's Contest ; Chapter 5:Vedic Science: The Grammar of Reality ; Chapter 6:Kanishka and Krishna ; Chapter 7:Performing Arts and Sacred Models ; Chapter 8:The Second Rationality ; Chapter 9:Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana ; Chapter 10:Shankara and Kumarila: Between Brahman and Dharma ; Chapter 11:Devotion and Knowledge: ; Chapter 12:The Eternal Dharma ; Conclusion ; Bibliography
Responsibility: Ariel Glucklich

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Books about Hinduism often begin by noting the immense size and complexity of the subject. Hinduism is vast and diverse, they say. Or it doesn't exist at all -- Hinduism is merely a convenient (and foreign) term that masks a plurality of traditions. In either case, readers are discouraged by the thought that they are getting only a tiny sample or a shallow overview of something huge and uniquely difficult. This book is designed to be accessible and sophisticated, holding the reader's interest in the dynamic sequence of ideas through time and place. Each of the 12 chapters combines historical material with key religious, scientific and philosophical ideas, supported by substantial quotations from scriptures and other texts. Historic places and persons are fleshed out as actors in a narrative about the relation of the sacred to ordinary existence as it is mediated through arts, sciences, rituals, and philosophical ideas. Although many books introduce the Hindu tradition, this is the first with a broad historical and cultural focus that emphasizes archaeological as well as textual evidence.

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As predicted by the metaphor encoded in the title, this book has a wonderful span - and the terrain is not what everyone else has already seen. * John Stratton Hawley, Professor of Religion, Barnard Read more...

 
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