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A Survey of Hinduism
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A Survey of Hinduism
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Klaus K. Klostermaier - Author
Hardcover - 649 pages
Release Date: February 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-807-3
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-807-2

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Paperback - 649 pages
Release Date: February 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-809-X
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-809-6

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"This is solid, balanced, lucid coverage of the Hindu tradition, written from long experience with, and obvious affection toward, India's past and present religious life and thought. The book is straightforward, unpretentious, accessible. It is detailed and thorough in its chapter-by-chapter journey through the essential themes, yet manages to avoid straying into didactic language or extraneous discussions." -- David M. Knipe, University of Wisconsin

This book provides a comprehensive survey of the Hindu tradition, dealing with the history of Hindusim, the sacred writings of the Hindus, the Hindu worldview, and the specifics of the major branches of Hindusim--Vaisnavism, SAaivism, and SAaktism. It also focuses on the geographical ties of Hinduism with the land of India, the social order created by Hinduism, and the various systems of Hindu philosophio-theological thought. Klostermaier describes the new development of Hinduism in the 19th and 20th centuries, including present-day political Hinduism and the efforts to turn Hinduism into a modern-world religion.

A unique feature of this book is its treatment of Hinduism in a topical fashion, rather than by chronological description of the development of Hinduism or by summary of the literature. The complexities of Hindu life and thought are thus made real to the reader. Hindus will recognize it as their own tradition.

A glossary and a chronological table are useful additional features.

"College professors will be glad to have this book as a good source of ideas for teaching topics in Hinduism and Asian religion in general...So will students, both undergraduate and graduate." -- Janet Gyatso, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Klaus K. Klostermaier is Professor and Head of the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba.

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Table of Contents

List of Drawings
List of Photographs
Note on Pronunciation and Use of Sanskrit Words

Part I: Hinduism: Development and Essence
1. India and the West
2. The History and Development of Hinduism
3. Hindu Dharma: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Hinduism
4. Revelation and Scripture in Hinduism
5. Itihāsa and Purāna: The Heart of Hinduism
6. The Bhagavadgītā
7. The World of the Hindu
8. The Many Gods and the One God of Hinduism

Part II: Trimārga: The Three Hindu Paths to Liberation
9. The Path of Works: Karmamārga
10. Purity and Merit: The Twin Concerns of Karmamārga
11. The Hindu Sacraments: The Samskāras
12. The Path of Knowledge: Jñānamārga
13. Ātman and Brahman: Self and All
14. Karma, Vidyā, and Moksa: Liberation from Rebirth
15. The Path of Loving Devotion: Bhaktimārga
16. Lord Visnu and His Devotees
17. Śiva: The Grace and the Terror of God
18. Devī: The Divine Mother
19. Mudalvan, Murugan, Māl: The Great Gods of the Tamils
20. The Divine Presence in Space and Time: Mūrti, Tīrtha, Kāla
21. The Hindu Social Order: Caturvarnāśramadharma
22. The Professional Religious: Samnyāsa
23. Hindu Structures of Thought: The Saddarśanas
24. Hindu Logic and Physics: Nyāya-Vaiśesika
25. Hindu Psychology and Metaphysics: Sāmkhya-Yoga
26. Hindu Theology, Old and New: Pūrva Mīmāmsā and Vedānta
27. Hindu Reforms and Reformers
28. Hindu Nationalist Politics and Hinduism as a World Religion
29. Chronology

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