By Denise Cush,Catherine Robinson,Michael York

The Encyclopedia of Hinduism comprises over 900 entries reflecting contemporary advances in scholarship that have raised new theoretical and methodological matters in addition to selecting new components of analysis that have no longer been addressed formerly. the controversy over the time period 'Hinduism' within the mild of post-Orientalist opinions is only one instance of ways as soon as typical educational frameworks were referred to as into query. Entries diversity from 150-word definitions of phrases and ideas to 5,000-word in-depth investigations of significant topics.

The Encyclopedia covers all features of Hinduism yet departs from different works in together with extra ethnographic and modern fabric unlike an completely textual and historic process. It encompasses a wide diversity of subject material akin to: ancient advancements (among them 19th and 20th century reform and revival); geographical distribution (especially the diaspora); significant and minor routine; philosophies and theologies; scriptures; deities; temples and sacred websites; pilgrimages; gala's; rites of passage; worship; spiritual arts (sculpture, structure, tune, dance, etc.); spiritual sciences (e.g. astrology); biographies of major figures; neighborhood and nearby traditions; caste and untouchability; feminism and women's faith; nationalism and the Hindu radical correct; and new spiritual routine. The heritage of research and the position of vital students previous and current also are discussed.

Accessibility to all degrees of reader has been a concern and no prior wisdom is believed. besides the fact that, the in-depth higher entries and the layout of the paintings in response to the newest scholarly advances implies that the quantity could be of substantial curiosity to specialists.

The entire is cross-referenced and bibliographies connect to the bigger entries. there's a complete index.

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