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Hinduism in India: Modern and Contemporary Movements

by Will Sweetman and Aditya Malik SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 356 pages
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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
The Emergence and Significance of the term “Hinduisma - Geoffrey A. Oddie
Hinduism and Modernity - Will Sweetman
Hinduism and Law - Timothy Lubin
Hinduism and Economics - Thomas Birtchnell
The Sacred in Modern Hindu Politics: Historical Processes Underlying Hinduism and Hindutva - Robert Eric Frykenberg
Media Hinduism - Ursula Rao
Modern Hindu Guru Movements - Michael James Spurr
Folk Hinduism: The Middle Ground? - Aditya Malik
Hinduism and Healing - Fabrizio Ferrari
Possession - Elizabeth Schömbucher
The Urban Hindu Arranged Marriage in Contemporary Indian Society - Reshmi Lahiri-Roy
On Hinduism and Caste - Vinay Kumar Srivastava

 “This volume of 12 contributions from eminent scholars is well-timed because it examines multiple aspects of Hinduism as a philosophy and its engagement with society and politics…. This study is welcome because it exposes the designs of political Hindu organisations”

Will Sweetman - Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions, University of Otago, New Zealand


Aditya Malik - Professor and Dean, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar