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Hinduism in India

Hinduism in India
Modern and Contemporary Movements

Edited by:
  • Will Sweetman - Associate Professor of Asian Religions, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Aditya Malik - Professor and Dean, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar

© 2016 | 356 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A major contribution toward the ongoing debates on the nature and history of Hinduism in India

Is Hinduism coherent, or should it be viewed as a conglomeration of many distinctive traditions? What were (or are) its most important and central teachings? When did the idea of “Hinduism” first arise and what have been the consequences? What were the effects of British rule on the religion and what are the effects of continuing modernization?

This book responds to all such debates surrounding Hinduism in the colonial and contemporary periods. It emphasizes on Hinduism as it arose and developed in the subcontinent itself—an approach which facilitates greater attention to detail and an understanding of the specific context in which new movements and changes have taken place.


Introduction: Hinduism in India
Geoffrey A. Oddie
The Emergence and Significance of the term “Hinduism”
Will Sweetman
Hinduism and Modernity
Timothy Lubin
Hinduism and Law
Thomas Birtchnell
Hinduism and Economics
Robert Eric Frykenberg
The Sacred in Modern Hindu Politics: Historical Processes Underlying Hinduism and Hindutva
Ursula Rao
Media Hinduism
Michael James Spurr
Modern Hindu Guru Movements
Aditya Malik
Folk Hinduism: The Middle Ground?
Fabrizio Ferrari
Hinduism and Healing
Elizabeth Schömbucher
Reshmi Lahiri-Roy
The Urban Hindu Arranged Marriage in Contemporary Indian Society
Vinay Kumar Srivastava
On Hinduism and Caste

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ISBN: 9789351500995