The Hindus An Alternative History (Paperback)
|Author: Wendy Doniger|
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|A revisionist history of Hinduism elucidates the relationship between recorded history and Hindu myth, explaining how its central tenets arise at particular moments in Indian history and vary greatly in accordance with gender and caste, in an account that also explores ongoing debates and the roles of the Sanskrit texts. *Author: Doniger, Wendy *Subtitle: An Alternative History *Publication Date: 2010/11/30 *Number of Pages: 779 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00|
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"Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher." | -The Washington Post || An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account. Many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated within a century; its central tenets arise at particular moments in Indian history and often differ according to gender or caste; and the differences between groups of Hindus far outnumber the commonalities. Yet the greatness of Hinduism lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continues to inspire debate today. This groundbreaking work elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.
"Wendy Doniger's erudite "alternative history" shouldn't be anyone's introduction to Hinduism. But once you've learned the basics about this most spiritual of cultures, don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course from a feisty and exhilarating teacher." - Michael Dirda 03/19/2009 '[A] staggeringly comprehensive book..." - Pankaj Mishra 04/26/2009 " Witty and erudite, [Doniger] has written a people's history of Hinduism." - Sandip Roy 04/23/2009
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