ISBN : 9780198745549
Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of this major religion, and analyses the challenges facing it in the twenty-first century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of Brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the cultural and moral importance of epics such as the Ramayana.
In this second edition Knott considers the impact of changes in technology and the flourishing of social media on Hinduism, and looks at the presence of Hinduism in popular culture, considering pieces such as Sita Sings the Blues. She also analyses recent developments in India, and the impact issues such as Hindu nationalism and the politicization of Hinduism have on Hindus worldwide.
1: The Scholar and the practitioner
2: Revelation and the transmission of knowledge
3: Understanding the self
4: Divine heroes: the epic tradition
5: The divine presence
6: Hinduism, colonialism, and modernity
7: Challenges to Hinduism: women and Dalits
8: Crossing the black waters: Hinduism beyond India
9: Hindu Dharma, Hinduism, and Hinduisms
"This short introduction to one of the world's greatest religions takes in its history, its place in society and its future in the digital age." - Steve Craggs, Northern Echo