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Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism
Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism (November 1994)
Patrick Olivelle - Author

This translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text is the most comprehensive presentation of Hindu ascetic practices available in English. It is also the clearest.
Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism is the critical edition and translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text written by Yadava Prakasaa, whose life and activities are of historical interest because, according to tradition, he was the teacher of the great V...(Read More)
The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition
The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition (November 1994)
Tracy Pintchman - Author

This book explores the rise of the Great Goddess by focusing on the development of saakti (creative energy), maya (objective illusion), and prakr(materiality) from Vedic times to the late Puranic period, clarifying how these principles became central to her theology.

"I like very much the way in which Pintchman carefully establishes the interrelationships between saakti, maya, and prakrti conce...(Read More)
The Exotic
The Exotic (September 1994)
A Decadent Quest
Dorothy M. Figueira - Author

"The Exotic covers an extraordinary range of materials as it traces the reception of Sanskrit studies in the West and issues of ideology implied in that reception. It focuses chiefly on nineteenth-century German, French, and English scholarship, literature, and philosophy, but it also addressses twentieth-century associations between Indo-Germanism and National Socialism and contemporary views on ethnocentrism and political correctness.
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A Survey of Hinduism
A Survey of Hinduism (September 1994)
Second Edition
Klaus K. Klostermaier - Author

This revision reflects recent developments and events in India. In particular, a new Part has been added entitled "The Meeting of East and West in India" which contains a new chapter on Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a new chapter on the position of women in Hinduism. In addition to the added chapters, the entire book has been rewritten with many new illustrations and maps.

This book provides a comprehensive survey of the Hin...(Read More)
Authority, Anxiety, and Canon
Authority, Anxiety, and Canon (July 1994)
Essays in Vedic Interpretation
Laurie L. Patton - Editor

"What a feast these essays provide! Together they constitute the most sophisticated yet accessible volume I have come across in years. There are moments in reading when I simply had to pause to write the word 'stunning' and to ponder the implications of what the author had just said." -- Thomas B. Coburn, St. Lawrence University

"This anthology assembles a series of superbly researched and written articles around the theme of authority and an...(Read More)
Tukaram (June 1994)
R. D. Ranade - Author

Three centuries after Jnaneshwar, devotional poetry had another full flowering in Western India. Tukaram Maharaj was a merchant and householder who seemed to fail at everything. Bankruptcy, the death of his first wife during a famine, and castigation by the Brahmin orthodoxy forced him into isolation—and there he poured out his longing and devotion in hundreds of songs. At first regarded as mad, musicians, singers, and ordinary villagers began...(Read More)
Jnaneshwar (May 1994)
The Guru's Guru
R. D. Ranade - Author

Thirteenth-century India saw a huge revival of religious devotion among the common folk, similar to the waves of religious fervor that swept over late medieval Europe. One of the pillars of this revival was the poet-saint Jnaneshwar, author of an exquisite commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Like his contemporary Dante, Jnaneshwar was a poet of the vernacular, who wrote in Marathi, the language of ordinary villagers, rather than the Sanskrit o...(Read More)
Problems and Perspectives in Religious Discourse
Problems and Perspectives in Religious Discourse (February 1994)
Advaita Vedanta Implications
John A. Grimes - Author

"This is an important and original book. It is a fine exposition of the questions about religious language and the problem of talking about the transcendent. I know of no one better able to expound an Advaitin viewpoint than Dr. Grimes." -- Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara

"The author has illumined some very important problems in the philosophy of religion and the East-West Dialogue. Good examples are, what kind of...(Read More)
Pocket Bhagavad Gita
Pocket Bhagavad Gita (January 1994)
Winthrop Sargeant - Author

The Bhagavad Gita contains a vision that is not Hindu or oriental but essentially human. It's no wonder that Emerson and Thoreau and Ghandi loved this text and were so deeply influenced by it. Now the widely acclaimed Sargeant translation of "The Song of God" is available in this pocket edition (3" x 4 1/2").
Paths to the Middle East
Paths to the Middle East (November 1993)
Ten Scholars Look Back
Thomas Naff - Editor

"This book brings together autobiographical reflections of some of the most prominent representatives of a generation of scholars whose contributions mark a turning point in the study of the Middle East."--John P. Spagnolo, Simon Fraser University

The field of Middle East studies is undergoing a generational change in academia, government, and the corporate community. The men and women who trained the present generation of scholars and who s...(Read More)
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