The Study of Hinduism
Casting a tripartite net, the contributors collaborate to achieve an analytical, historical, and topical perspective upon Hindu studies. Among other topics, they evaluate the continuing debates surrounding the meaning of the word Hinduism and the different methods that have been employed in studying the religion. Arvind Sharma, as editor, lays the groundwork for the volume by defining both Hinduism and the role of methods—including historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological—in its study. Eric J. Sharpe adds to the opening analysis with his consideration of the importance of setting in Hindu studies.
Other contributors review the ways in which Hinduism has been studied. S. W. Jamison and Michael Witzel examine the scholarship about pre-Vedic and Vedic Hinduism and the rituals, mythology, and religious life associated with it; Alf Hiltebeitel, Greg Bailey, and Milton Elder consider scholarly attention to the writing, orality, and divinity of India's epics—the Puranas and the Bhadagvita, respectively—in classical Hinduism; Philip Lutgendorf surveys the recent study of medieval Hinduism, especially its devotional traditions; and Robert D. Baird addresses the work of disciplines such as anthropology, history, and the history of religions as they bear on the investigation of modern Hinduism. Within this broad framework, the contributors also address academic responses to the regional forms of Hinduism and the position of women within the religion.
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"This is a book of remarkable and discerning scholarship by some of the most distinguished experts in the study of Hinduism. Arvind Sharma has identified a significant hermeneutic gap in the study of this important subject and has marshaled an impressive array of scholars to begin the process of bridging it."—Julius Lipner, Divinity School, Cambridge University
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