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Contemporary Hinduism : ritual, culture, and practice
Rinehart, Robin, 1964-
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2004.
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viii, pages ; 24 cm
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BL1202 .R56 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An examination of the contemporary practices, beliefs, and issues of one of the world's oldest and most enduring religions, both within its Indian homeland and throughout the world.

* Ten essays explore the history, modern practice, and contemporary issues of Hinduism

* Maps including ancient and contemporary India and the Hindu diaspora, as well as illustrations within individual essays

* The book includes a glossary of terms and a guide to pronouncing words from Indian languages

* A comprehensive introductory essay provides a basic historical overview and addresses the development of the definition and study of Hinduism

Author Notes

Robin Rinehart is associate professor of religion at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

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Rinehart (Lafayette College) offers this contribution to the ever-expanding collection of introductory texts on Hinduism. This market, in this reviewer's view, has reached its saturation point, with recent publications from Cambridge (Gavin Flood), Oxford (Kim Knott), and One World (Klaus Klostermaier), not to mention texts published less recently but still quite valuable--those of Julius Lipner, David Knipe, Klostermaier (again), and Thomas Hopkins. Rinehart's volume is unique in that it is a group effort: accomplished scholars weigh in with their expertise in 12 chapters covering historical, ritual, social, and contemporary issues in Hinduism. These chapters are very much like "mini books," introducing the reader to complex issues in relatively brief space. This material will be quite familiar to scholars, but should prove useful to students and educated readers who are newcomers to Hindu studies. Because of this work's expertise and keen attention to current issues in Hindu studies (e.g., diaspora, fundamentalism, "virtual" Hinduism, gurus), it comes recommended, with perhaps undergraduate courses its best market. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers. T. A. Forsthoefel Mercyhurst College