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The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena
The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena (May 2016)
Political Matronage in Urbanizing India
Tarini Bedi - Author

Explores the activities and political personas of women activists in Shiv Sena, a militant Indian political party.

Rich in detail, this book tells the stories of women of Shiv Sena (Shivaji’s Army), a militant political party in Western India. It provides insight into the political networks powered by lower-level women politicians in postcolonial, globalizing cities and on their margins. Based on more than...(Read More)
 
 
Engaged Emancipation
Engaged Emancipation (December 2015)
Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya (Yogavasistha)
Christopher Key Chapple - Editor
Arindam Chakrabarti - Editor

A wide-ranging analysis of the Mokṣopāya, the Indian literary classic that teaches through storytelling how to enjoy an active, successful, worldly life in a spiritually enlightened way.

In the Mokṣopāya (also known as the Yogavāsiṣṭha), an eleventh-century Sanskrit poetic text, the great Vedic philosopher Vasiṣṭha counsels his young p...(Read More)
 
 
A Very Old Machine
A Very Old Machine (November 2015)
The Many Origins of the Cinema in India
Sudhir Mahadevan - Author

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.
In A Very Old Machine, Sudhir Mahadevan shows how Indian cinema’s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in its twenty-first-century present. He proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; r...(Read More)
 
 
Contesting Feminisms
Contesting Feminisms (October 2015)
Gender and Islam in Asia
Huma Ahmed-Ghosh - Editor

Creates a new space for hybrid feminist analysis of Asian Muslim women’s lives.

Contesting Feminisms explores how Asian Muslim women make decisions on appropriating Islam and Islamic lifestyles through their own participation in the faith. The contributors highlight the fact that secularism has provided the space for some women to reclaim their religious identity and their own feminisms. Through com...(Read More)
 
 
Mappila Muslim Culture
Mappila Muslim Culture (June 2015)
How a Historic Muslim Community in India Has Blended Tradition and Modernity
Roland E. Miller - Author

Thorough exploration of the distinct culture of the Mappila Muslims of Kerala, India.

This book provides a comprehensive account of the distinct culture of the Mappila Muslims, a large community from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Although they were the first Muslim community in South Asia, the Mappilas are little-known in the West. Roland E. Miller explores the Mappilas’ fourteen-century-long history ...(Read More)
 
 
Encounters of Mind
Encounters of Mind (March 2015)
Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought
Douglas L. Berger - Author

Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.

Encounters of Mind explores a crucial step in the philosophical journey of Buddhism from India to China, and what influence this step, once taken, had on Chinese thought in a broader scope. The relationship of concepts of mind, or awareness, to the constitution of personhood in Chinese traditions of reflection was to cha...(Read More)
 
 
A Hindu Theology of Liberation
A Hindu Theology of Liberation (February 2015)
Not-Two Is Not One
Anantanand Rambachan - Author

Discusses Hindu Advaita Vedānta as a philosophy of social justice for the modern world.

This engaging and accessible work provides an introduction to the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedānta and brings it into discussion with contemporary concerns. Advaita, the non-dual school of Indian philosophy and spirituality associated with Śaṅkara, is often seen as “other-worldly,” rega...(Read More)
 
 
Lord Siva's Song
Lord Siva's Song (April 2014)
The Isvara Gita
Andrew J. Nicholson - Translated with an introduction and notes by

A translation of the Īśvara Gītā, a parallel text to the Bhagavad Gītā that promotes religious inclusion.

While the Bhagavad Gītā is an acknowledged treasure of world spiritual literature, few people know a parallel text, the Īśvara Gītā. This lesser-known work is also dedicated to a god, but in this case it is Śiva, rather than Kṛṣṇ...(Read More)
 
 
The Hidden Lives of Brahman
The Hidden Lives of Brahman (February 2014)
Sankara's Vedanta through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice
Joël André-Michel Dubois - Author
Christopher Key Chapple - Foreword by

FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of Religion Best First Book Award in the History of Religions

Uses both textual and ethnographic sources to demonstrate that in Śaṅkara’s vedānta, brahman is an active force as well as a transcendent ultimate.

Śaṅkara’s thought, advaita vedānta or non-dual vedānta, is a tradition focused on brahman, the...(Read More)
 
 
Homegrown Gurus
Homegrown Gurus (November 2013)
From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism
Ann Gleig - Editor
Lola Williamson - Editor

Exploring homegrown movements and figures, proclaims “American Hinduism” as a distinct religious tradition.

Today, a new stage in the development of Hinduism in America is taking shape. After a century of experimentation during which Americans welcomed Indian gurus who adjusted their teachings to accommodate the New World context, “American Hinduism” can now rightly be called its own tradi...(Read More)
 
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