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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 change profoundly ...(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)
 
 
Family in Buddhism
Family in Buddhism (August 2013)
Liz Wilson - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia—from biological families to families created in monasteries.

The Buddha left his home and family and enjoined his followers to go forth and “become homeless.” With a traditionally celibate clergy, Asian Buddhism is often regarded as a world-renouncing religion inimical to family life. This edited volume counters this view, showing how Asian Buddhists in ...(Read More)
 
 
Ecology Is Permanent Economy
Ecology Is Permanent Economy (July 2013)
The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna
George Alfred James - Author

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna.

For decades, Sunderlal Bahuguna has been an environmental activist in his native India, well known for his efforts on behalf of the Himalayas and its people. In the 1970s, he was instrumental in the successful Chipko (or “hug”) movement during which local people hugged trees to prevent logging for outside...(Read More)
 
 
Emerald City
Emerald City (May 2013)
The Birth and Evolution of an Indian Gemstone Industry
Lawrence A. Babb - Author

A fascinating study of the gemstone industry of Jaipur, with special emphasis on its ownership class.

Lawrence A. Babb’s Emerald City provides an intriguing portrait of the gemstone cutting industry of the North Indian city of Jaipur. It focuses on the ownership class consisting mainly of Jains and members of northern India’s traditional trading communities. Based on oral-historical investig...(Read More)
 
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