This innovative book offers a dynamic analysis of Hinduism in the perspective of Western notions of modernity. After reviewing definitions of modernity and Hinduism and looking at modernity in India, the author considers Hinduism in relation to Islam and the West. The second half of the book presents key aspects of Hinduism, ancient and modern, in the light of their contrast with modernity. The scope of the book is extremely broad, covering topics such as Orientalism, women, goddesses, gods, and the central problem of contemporary Hinduism - the rise of Hindu nationalism. The book will be of interest not only to students of Hinduism but also to all those interested in the sociology of religion more broadly, and indeed everyone interested in the conjunction of modernity and tradition.
"An excellent survey of the history of the Western encounters withIndia and Hinduism, highlighting in the process the inevitablemisunderstandings that resulted, some of which still persist inpopular portrayals of the religion. As such it is particularlyappropriate for its designated readership."
"Hinduism and Modernity will undoubtedly prove essentialfor all those interested in the history and methodology ofIndological Studies, and deservedly so. It provides an excellentintroduction to the relevant key trends, issues and concerns;indeed, Smith's bibliography alone is an invaluable resource. Thebreadth of Smith's work is staggering and his clarity and elegancein presenting it are remarkable."
Andrew McGarrity, University of Sydney, Asian StudiesReview
"In his book David Smith presents a comprehensive survey ofHinduism in relation to modernity. The book provides a fascinatingaccount of the interaction of Hinduism with modernity from the riseof rationalist discourse in the West, through colonialism andorientalism, to contemporary Hindu culture and the politics ofidentity. Controversial at times, particularly in its treatment offeminist and post-colonial critiques of Indology, the book willprovide an extremely useful focus for discussion in courses onSouth Asia and the transformations of religion in late modernity."Professor Gavin Flood, University of Stirling
"Smith demonstrates his pedagogical abilities through aninsightful array of metaphors borrowed from popular Hinduism thathe uses to illustrate themes within Hinduism and modernity. Thisapproach serves him particularly well..."
Timonthy C. Tennent, Associate Professor of World Missions, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"This 250 page book is innovative and informative. Itoffers a dynamic analysis of Hinduism in the perspective of westernnotions of modernity."
"Smith's book is courageous and bold, and it could redefine howstudents begin to learn what Hinduism is."
Laurie L. Patton, Emory University, The Journal ofReligion
Part I: Hinduism And Modernity Explained:.
1. Modernity And Hinduism.
2. India And The Juggernaut Of Modernity.
3. Hinduism Ancient And Modern.
Part II: Hinduism For Others:.
4. Islam And Hinduism.
5. The Western Discovery Of Hinduism.
6. Hinduism and Orientalism.
Part III: Hinduism Contrasted With Modernity:.
7. ?Woman Caste? (Aurat Jati) And The Gender Of Modernity.
8. Kali East And West.
9. The Gods Of Hinduism And The Idols Of Modernity.
10. The Image Of The Self.
Part IV: Hinduism Today:.
12. Modernity And Hindu Nationalism.
13. Hinduism And The Global Future.
Series: Religion in the Modern World
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 4th February 2003
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 14.99 x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1