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Hindus By Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge, UK)

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Hinduism has been a major religious faith for well over 3000 years, and Hindus today account for over 600 million people. Lipner's book offers a study of its evolution, its multidimensional nature, and its influence.

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Hindus by Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge, UK)

'Hinduism' is a vastly complex phenomenon, a world religion with a history of over 3000 years. It has produced men and women who have made outstanding contributions across the range of civilised human behaviour, and played a crucial part in the rise of two other great religions - Buddhism and Sikhism. Julius Lipner was born and raised in India and is able to draw on his own experience of Hindu beliefs and practices to explain what it means to be Hindu in a changing world. Hindus examines the religion as a plural phenomenon - that is, as a family of religions, rather than a monolithic entity. The approach is thematic, and the author considers various topics - such as the status of women - in more than one place and from more than one angle. He also tells and sometimes analyses Hindu stories, stressing the narrative quality of Hindu religion and giving us an insight into the nature of the Hindu phenomenon itself. Hindus will be valuable on more than one level: as a source of instruction, as a basis for discussion, seminars amd further study, even as a challenge for further research. It provides a new perspective on what it means to live as a Hindu and enables readers to appreciate this great and marvellous religious phenomenon, its extraordinary richness, and the way it encompasses human experience from the sublime to the ridiculous.

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Table of Contents


1. About Hindus, Hinduism and This Book 2. The Voice of Scripture As Veda 3. The Voice of Scripture as Veda and "Veda" 4. The Voice of Tradition 5. The Voice of Tradition - Caste and Narrative 6. The Voice of Tradition - Folkelore and Intellectual Heritage 7. The Voice of Experience 8. A Story With a Tail 9. Morality and the Person 10. Modes of Reckoning Time and Progress 11. The Sacred and its Forms 12. Means, Ways and Ends.

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GOR009779836
Hindus by Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge, UK)
Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge, UK)
The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1994-02-10
392
0415051819
9780415051811
N/A
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