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The Other Rāma
The Other Rāma (November 2020)
Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Paraśurāma
Brian Collins - Author

A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśuráma (“Raµma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.

The Other Rāma presents a systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśuráma (“Ráma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu best known for decapitating his own mother and annihilating twenty-one generations of the Kṣatriya warrio...(Read More)
 
 
Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds
Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds (October 2020)
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger - Author

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

In Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes the agency of materiality—the ability of materials to have an effect on both humans and deities—beyond human intentions. Using materials from three regions where Flueckiger conducted ex...(Read More)
 
 
Word, Chant, and Song
Word, Chant, and Song (September 2019)
Spiritual Transformation in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism
Harold Coward - Author

An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.

In academic religious studies and musicology, little attention has been given to chanted word, hymns, and songs, yet these are often the key spiritual practices for lay devotees. To address this gap in knowledge, Harold Coward presents a thematic study of sacred sound as it functions in word, chant, and so...(Read More)
 
 
Fiction as History
Fiction as History (August 2019)
The Novel and the City in Modern North India
Vasudha Dalmia - Author

Explains the Hindi novel’s role in anticipating and creating the story of middle-class modernity and modernization in North India.

Vasudha Dalmia offers a panoramic view of the intellectual and cultural life of North India over a century, from the aftermath of the 1857 uprising to the end of the Nehruvian era. The North’s historical cities, rooted in an Indo-Persianate culture, began changing more slowly than the Pre...(Read More)
 
 
Essays of a Lifetime
Essays of a Lifetime (January 2019)
Reformers, Nationalists, Subalterns
Sumit Sarkar - Author

A distillation of the historian’s finest writings on modern Indian historical themes.

For the past forty years or more, the most influential, respected, and popular scholar of modern Indian history has been Sumit Sarkar. When his first monograph, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903–1908, appeared in 1973 it soon became obvious that the book represented a paradigm shift within its genre. As Dipesh Chakrabarty put i...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (September 2018)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often parad...(Read More)
 
 
Nine Nights of the Goddess
Nine Nights of the Goddess (August 2018)
The Navaratri Festival in South Asia
Caleb Simmons - Editor
Moumita Sen - Editor
Hillary Rodrigues - Editor

Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri festival.

Nine Nights of the Goddess explores the festival of Navarātri—alternatively called Navarātra, Mahānavamī, Durgā Pūjā, Dasarā, and/or Dassain—which lasts for nine nights and ends with a celebration called Vijayadaśamī, or “the tenth (day) ...(Read More)
 
 
Ritual Innovation
Ritual Innovation (February 2018)
Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion
Brian K. Pennington - Editor
Amy L. Allocco - Editor

Challenges prevailing conceptions of what religious ritual does and how it achieves its ends.

Religious rituals are often seen as unchanging and ahistorical bearers of long-standing traditions. But as this book demonstrates, ritual is a lively platform for social change and innovation in the religions of South Asia. Drawing from Hindu and Jain examples in India, Nepal, and North America,the essays in this volume, written by ren...(Read More)
 
 
Shimmering Mirrors
Shimmering Mirrors (November 2017)
Reality and Appearance in Contemplative Metaphysics East and West
Patrick Laude - Author

A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness. In this pioneering work of comparative metaphysics, Patrick Laude delves into Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and Jewish concepts of Reality and Appearance to offer a uniquely lucid exploration of metaphysical representations of reality, relativity, appearance, an...(Read More)
 
 
Hindu Pasts
Hindu Pasts (September 2017)
Women, Religion, Histories
Vasudha Dalmia - Author

Challenges the monolithic view of Hinduism in the nineteenth century, and instead offers a vision of India that contains a rich multiplicity of Hinduisms, women’s stories, and cultural histories.

In her introduction to Hindu Pasts—which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history—Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in g...(Read More)
 
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