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The Hindus : An Alternative History - Wendy Doniger

The Hindus

An Alternative History

Paperback Published: 30th November 2010
ISBN: 9780143116691
Number Of Pages: 779
For Ages: 18+ years old

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A narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions, this book elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated; its central tenets--karma, dharma, to name just two--arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism--its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness--lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger, one of the world's foremost scholars of Hinduism, illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon.--From publisher description.

India's Major Geographical Featuresp. xi
India from 2500 BCE to 600 CEp. xii
India from 600 CE to 1600 CEp. xiii
India from 1600 CE to the Presentp. xiv
List of Illustrationsp. xv
Preface: The Man or the Rabbit in the Moonp. 1
Introduction: Working with Available Lightp. 17
Time and Space in India: 50 Million to 50,000 BCEp. 50
Civilization in the Indus Valley: 50,000 to 1500 BCEp. 65
Between the Ruins and the Text: 2000 to 1500 BCEp. 85
Humans, Animals, and Gods in the Rig Veda: 1500 to 1000 BCEp. 103
Sacrifice in the Brahmanas: 800 to 500 BCEp. 135
Renunciation in the Upanishads: 600 to 200 BCEp. 164
The Three (or Is It Four?) Aims of Life in the Hindu Imaginaryp. 199
Women and Ogresses in the Ramayana: 400 BCE to 200 CEp. 212
Violence in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CEp. 252
Dharma in the Mahabharata: 300 BCE to 300 CEp. 277
Escape Clauses in the Shastras: 100 BCE to 400 CEp. 304
Bhakti in South India: 100 BCE to 900 CEp. 338
Goddesses and Gods in the Early Puranas: 300 to 600 CEp. 370
Sects and Sex in the Tantric Puranas and the Tantras: 600 to 900 CEp. 406
Fusion and Rivalry Under the Delhi Sultanate: 650 to 1500 CEp. 445
Avatar and Accidental Grace in the Later Puranas: 800 to 1500 CEp. 473
Philosophical Feuds in South India and Kashmir: 800 to 1300 CEp. 503
Dialogue and Tolerance Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CEp. 527
Hinduism Under the Mughals: 1500 to 1700 CEp. 551
Caste, Class, and Conversion Under the British Raj: 1600 to 1900 CEp. 574
Suttee and Reform in the Twilight of the Raj: 1800 to 1947 CEp. 610
Hindus in America: 1900-p. 636
The Past in the Present: 1950-p. 654
Inconclusion, or, the Abuse of Historyp. 687
Acknowledgmentsp. 691
Chronologyp. 693
Guide to Pronunciation and Spelling of Words in Sanskrit and Other Indian Languagesp. 695
Abbreviationsp. 696
Glossary of Terms in Indian Languages and Names of Key Figuresp. 697
Notesp. 704
Bibliography: Works Cited and Consultedp. 729
Photo Creditsp. 754
Indexp. 755
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ISBN: 9780143116691
ISBN-10: 014311669X
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 779
Published: 30th November 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.75

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