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Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Kim Knott

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198745549

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of Hinduism and its key beliefs. In this second edition she considers new issues facing Hindus such as the politicization of Hinduism in India, the increasing impact of Hindu nationalism, and the rise and fall of sectarian Hindu movements.

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In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of Hinduism and its key beliefs. In this second edition she considers new issues facing Hindus such as the politicization of Hinduism in India, the increasing impact of Hindu nationalism, and the rise and fall of sectarian Hindu movements.

  • Offers a succinct and accessible introduction to one of the world's major religions
  • Covers all aspects of Hinduism - its key texts, beliefs, and practices, both in the past and the present
  • Addresses contemporary concerns for Hindus such as changes in the use of IT and social media, and the ways in which this has transformed global communications in the Hindu diaspora and Hindu practice
  • Offers up to date analysis of recent debates on early India, Aryans, and the Veda, reflecting the increasing politicization of Hinduism and rise of identity politics
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Kim Knott, Professor of Religious and Secular Studies, Lancaster University

Kim Knott is Professor of Religious and Secular Studies. Previously at the University of Leeds but now at Lancaster University, she teaches the study of religions, including Hinduism, and researches religious/secular controversies and religion in public life, focusing on the media, conflict and security. She has authored and edited a number of books, including Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred (Ashgate 2013) with Elizabeth Poole and Teemu Taira, Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities (2010) with Seán McLoughlin and The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis (2005). She has also produced a website for young people and teachers of Global Education, Citizenship, History and Geography called Moving People, Changing Places.

Table of Contents

    1:The Scholar and the practitioner
    2:Revelation and the transmission of knowledge
    3:Understanding the self
    4:Divine heroes: the epic tradition
    5:The divine presence
    6:Hinduism, colonialism, and modernity
    7:Challenges to Hinduism: women and Dalits
    8:Crossing the black waters: Hinduism beyond India
    9:Hindu Dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"This short introduction to one of the world's greatest religions takes in its history, its place in society and its future in the digital age." - Steve Craggs, Northern Echo