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Gandhi's Ascetic Activism
Gandhi's Ascetic Activism (March 2013)
Renunciation and Social Action
Veena R. Howard - Author

Discusses Gandhi’s creative use of ascetic practice, particularly his practice of celibacy, for nonviolent activism.

More than six decades after his death, Mohandas Gandhi continues to inspire those who seek political and social liberation through nonviolent means. Uniquely, Gandhi placed celibacy and other renunciatory disciplines at the center of his nonviolent political strategy, conducting original exp...(Read More)
 
 
Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions
Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions (December 2012)
Victoria Kennick - Editor
Arvind Sharma - Editor

Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.

What is a spiritual master? Spiritual Masters of the World’s Religions offers an important contribution to religious studies by addressing that question in the context of such themes as charismatic authority, role models, symbolism, and categories of religious perception. The book contains essays by sch...(Read More)
 
 
Somatic Lessons
Somatic Lessons (November 2012)
Narrating Patienthood and Illness in Indian Medical Literature
Anthony Cerulli - Author

Looks at narrative in the history of ayurvedic medical literature and the perspectives on illness and patienthood that emerge.

In ayurvedic medical practice, the ways in which and the reasons why people become ill are often explained with stories. This book explores the forms and functions of narrative in Āyurveda, India’s classical medical system. Looking at narratives concerning fever, ...(Read More)
 
 
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies
Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies (February 2012)
Özgen Felek - Editor
Alexander D. Knysh - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of the place of dreams and visions in Islamic societies from the premodern period to the present.

Dreams and visions have always been important in Islamic societies. Yet, their pervasive impact on Muslim communities and on the lives of individual Muslims remains largely unknown and rather surprising to Westerners. This book addresses this gap in understanding with a fascinating and div...(Read More)
 
 
Yogi Heroes and Poets
Yogi Heroes and Poets (November 2011)
Histories and Legends of the Naths
David N. Lorenzen - Editor
Adrián Muñoz - Editor

An exploration of the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāths, a Hindu lineage known for Hatha yoga practice.

This book provides a remarkable range of information on the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāth Yogis. A Hindu lineage prominent in North India since the eleventh century, Nāths are well-known as adepts of Hatha yoga and alchemical practices said to increase longevity. Long a h...(Read More)
 
 
Transnationalism Reversed
Transnationalism Reversed (October 2011)
Women Organizing against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh
Elora Halim Chowdhury - Author

2012 Gloria E. Anzaldua Book Prize presented by the National Women’s Studies Association
Examines transnational movement building through a focus on acid attacks and organizing against acid violence in Bangladesh.
Acid attacks against women and girls have captured the attention of the global media, with several high-profile reports ranging from the BBC to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In Bangladesh,...(Read More)
 
 
Kama's Flowers
Kama's Flowers (September 2011)
Nature in Hindi Poetry and Criticism, 1885-1925
Valerie Ritter - Author

Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.

Kāma’s Flowers documents the transformation of Hindi poetry during the crucial period of 1885–1925. As Hindi was becoming a national language and Indian nationalism was emerging, Hindi authors articulated a North Indian version of modernity by reenvisioning nature. While t...(Read More)
 
 
Engaging South Asian Religions
Engaging South Asian Religions (May 2011)
Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances
Mathew N. Schmalz - Editor
Peter Gottschalk - Editor

Looks at Western understandings of South Asian religions and indigenous responses from precolonial to contemporary times.

Focusing on boundaries, appropriations, and resistances involved in Western engagements with South Asian religions, this volume considers both the pre- and postcolonial period in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It pays particular attention to contemporary controversies surrounding the study...(Read More)
 
 
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion
Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (April 2011)
Arvind Sharma - Author

Reconsiders whether Hinduism can be considered a missionary religion.

Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the nonmissionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, ...(Read More)
 
 
Invoking Lakshmi
Invoking Lakshmi (October 2010)
The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony
Constantina Rhodes - Author

A multifaceted portrait of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Includes translations of verses used to invoke this goddess.

Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, happiness, and abundant good fortune. This fascinating book is the first comprehensive guide to this celebrated goddess, her worship, and the deeper spiritual domain of prosperity she reveals. Constantina Rhodes pres...(Read More)
 
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