On Hinduism

On Hinduism

Book - 2014
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"In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the question of reality and illusion; and the impermanent and the eternal in the two great Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Among the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners find salvation? Why have Hindus devoted so much attention to the psychology of addiction? What does the significance of dogs and cows tell us about Hinduism? How have Hindu concepts of death, rebirth, and karma changed over the course of history? How and why does a pluralistic faith, remarkable for its intellectual tolerance, foster religious intolerance? Doniger concludes with four concise autobiographical essays in which she reflects on her lifetime of scholarship, Hindu criticism of her work, and the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life. On Hinduism is the culmination of over forty years of scholarship from a renowned expert on one of the world's great faiths"-- Provided by publisher.
"On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts of polytheism, death, gender, art, contemporary puritanism, non-violence, and much more"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780199360079
Branch Call Number: 294.5 DONIGER
Characteristics: xx, 660 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Hinduism


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Jan 25, 2015

This is not an introduction to Hinduism. These are over 40 essays the professor has published to show off her detailed knowledge. This is not much use to the devotee, but much admired in the academic world. She knows Hinduism on the outside, not on the inside. Commenting on her retirement she wrote, "I have finally discovered the pleasures of solitude." (p 578) This is a start on the spiritual path.


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