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Because It Gives Me Peace of Mind
Because It Gives Me Peace of Mind (July 1996)
Ritual Fasts in the Religious Lives of Hindu Women
Anne Mackenzie Pearson - Author

Explores the history and nature of vrats (ritual fasts) in text and practice, and the roles these rites play in the lives of Hindu women in North India.
This is the first book-length study that explores the history and nature of vratsotive fasting rites--the role these rites play in the religious lives of Hindu women in North India, and the meanings these women attribute to them. By placing vrats within the context of various Hindu religi...(Read More)
Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance
Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance (August 1995)
Hymns of the Satpanth Isma'ili Muslim Saint, Pir Shams
Tazim R. Kassam - Author

This is a survey of the Ismaili Muslim traditions and a translation of many Santpanth Ismaili Ginans (hymns.)

"It is rare to find South Asian poetry translated into English in a fashion that gives an impression of the poetic power of the original. I think the author is particularly gifted in her ability to translate in this manner." -- Sheila McDonough

Coursing though cultures and time, tuneful verse has given moving expression...(Read More)
Religion and Women
Religion and Women (November 1993)
Arvind Sharma - Editor

This book discusses the position of women in the Native American, African, Shinto, Jaina, Zoroastrian, Sikh, and Baha'i faiths for the first time in a single volume, and evolves a conceptual framework within which their positions could be comprehensively considered. The contributing scholars provide an enlarged database for a more thorough discussion of the questions pertaining to women and religion in general, and simultaneously advance the theor...(Read More)
Today's Woman in World Religions
Today's Woman in World Religions (November 1993)
Arvind Sharma - Editor

This book examines how the women's movement is affecting traditional religions and civilizations throughout the world. It reviews cases of global impact in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Australian aboriginal religion. This volume completes the trilogy devoted to women in world religions, edited by Arvind Sharma. The second book in the series is entitled Religion and Women. The present work sur...(Read More)
Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow (January 1992)
The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America
Paul Nathanson - Author
Katherine K. Young - Foreword by

Over the Rainbow shows how Dorothy's passage from Kansas to Oz and back again recapitulates paradigmatic stories of both America and Christianity. Defining human identity on three symbolic levels (individual, collective, and cosmic), Nathanson shows that The Wizard of Oz has come to be a "secular myth."

"It is a most fascinating text reflecting an interest in the psychological, historical, sociological, and analytical approac...(Read More)
Religion and Aging in the Indian Tradition
Religion and Aging in the Indian Tradition (July 1989)
Shrinivas Tilak - Author

"The author's primary insight is of extreme meaningfulness: every culture must confront the deterioration and death accompanying aging. How this confrontation has occurred in Indian culture has significance for understanding all cultures including contemporary advanced industrial cultures." -- Sheldon S. Tobin

The manner of aging is a cultural construct and there is a specifically Indian way of aging. That way is shown in this book through th...(Read More)
Hindu Ethics
Hindu Ethics (July 1988)
Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia
Harold Coward - Editor
Julius Lipner - Editor
Katherine K. Young - Editor

"Much attention has been given to the topic of duties in the Indian tradition. This work includes rights as well, as any competent ethical discussion must. The topic is highly significant for ethical dialogue, East and West, and for our closer understanding of the Indian religious tradition." -- Harold W. French, University of South Carolina

Modern Western approaches to India often have focused on metaphysics at...(Read More)
Women in World Religions
Women in World Religions (April 1987)
Arvind Sharma - Editor
Katherine K. Young - Introduction

This is a book by women about women in the religions of the world. It presents all the basic facts and ideological issues concerning the position of women in the major religious traditions of humanity: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and tribal religions.

A special feature of the book is its phenomenological approach, wherein scholars examine sacred textual materials. Each contributor not only studies h...(Read More)
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