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Author: Barbara Harshav,Axel Michaels
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Title: Hinduism: Past and Present
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Language: English
Category: Humanities
Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 28, 2003)
Pages: 448

Hinduism: Past and Present by Barbara Harshav,Axel Michaels



Michaels wants to present living Hinduism in contrast to text-dominated descriptions. A wide-ranging, rigorously argued analysis of important ideas. Despite several recent, and very good, introductions in the last fifteen years, this is the one that will likely find its way into the classroom most often-and for good reasons. Other Books Written by this Author(s).

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Michaels wants to present living Hinduism in contrast to text-dominated descriptions. -Choice "A wide-ranging, rigorously argued analysis of important ideas. -Library Journal "Despite several recent, and very good, introductions in the last fifteen years, this is the one that will likely find its way into the classroom most often-and for good reasons.

Axel Michaels, Hinduism: Past and Present, trans. Barbara Harshav (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004), 14. 6. Steven Rosen, Essential Hinduism (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), 17. 7. World Religions Today, ed.

12 Hinduism and Hindu-ness 13 Religion and Dharma 15 Hindu Religions and Hindu Religiosity 21 Great and Little Hinduism 25 Continuity and Change 27. CHAPTER 2. Historical Foundations 31 Epochs in the History of Religions 31 First Epoch: Prevedic Religions 31 Second Epoch: Vedic Religion 33 Third.

Hinduism, past and present (translated by Barbara Harshav). Princeton: Princeton University Press. xviii + 430 pp. H. £4. 5. In the past some Panjabis returned their social identity as ‘Hindu Mussalman’ in the census. Many Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains used to be happy to be considered as a variety of Hindu, and some still so consider themselves today. Others describe themselves as ‘secular Hindus’.

Hinduism is currently followed by one-fifth of humankind. Far from a monolithic theistic tradition, the religion comprises thousands of gods, a complex caste system, and hundreds of languages and dialects. Such internal plurality inspires vastly ranging rites and practices amongst Hinduism's hundreds of millions of adherents. It is therefore not surprising that scholars have been hesitant to define universal Hindu beliefs and practices. In this book, Axel Michaels breaks this trend. He examines the traditions, beliefs, and rituals Hindus hold in common through the lens of what he deems its "identificatory habitus," a cohesive force that binds Hindu religions together and fortifies them against foreign influences. Thus, in his analysis, Michaels not only locates Hinduism's profoundly differentiating qualities, but also provides the framework for an analysis of its social and religious coherence.

Michaels blends his insightful arguments and probing questions with introductions to major historical epochs, ample textual sources as well as detailed analyses of major life-cycle rituals, the caste system, forms of spiritualism, devotionalism, ritualism, and heroism. Along the way he points out that Hinduism has endured and repeatedly resisted the missionary zeal and universalist claims of Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. He also contrasts traditional Hinduism with the religions of the West, "where the self is preferred to the not-self, and where freedom in the world is more important than liberation from the world."

Engaging and accessible, this book will appeal to laypersons and scholars alike as the most comprehensive introduction to Hinduism yet published. Not only is Hinduism refreshingly new in its methodological approach, but it also presents a broad range of meticulous scholarship in a clear, readable style, integrating Indology, religious studies, philosophy, anthropological theory and fieldwork, and sweeping analyses of Hindu texts.