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<p><b>An accessible and up-to-date survey of scholarly thinking about Hinduism, perfect for courses on Hinduism or world religions</b></p> <p>The <i>Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Hinduism</i> examines the historical trajectories that have led to the modern religion of Hinduism. Covering main themes such as philosophy, practice, society, and science, this comprehensive volume brings together a variety of approaches and perspectives in Hindu Studies to help readers better appreciate the richness, complexity, and diversity of Hinduism. Essays by acknowledged experts in the field present historical accounts of all major traditions, analyze key texts, engage with Hindu theology and philosophy, address contemporary questions of colonialism and identity, and more. Throughout the text, the authors highlight the links, common threads, and issues that reoccur in the history of Hinduism.</p> <p>Fully revised and updated, the second edition of the Companion incorporates the most recent scholarship and reflects the trend away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism. New chapters examine the Goddess tradition, Hindu diaspora, Hinduism and inter-religious comparison, Hindu philosophy, and Indian astronomy, medicine, language, and mathematics. This edition places further emphasis on the importance of region-specific studies in analyzing Hinduism, discusses important theoretical issues, and offers fresh perspectives on current discourse in Hindu society and politics.</p> <ul> <li>Provides a thorough overview of major texts, their histories, and the traditions that preserve them</li> <li>Describes the major textual traditions in Sanskrit with examples in different Indian vernacular languages</li> <li>Addresses major issues and contemporary debates about the nature and study of Hinduism</li> <li>Discusses the importance of systematic, rational thinking in Indian sciences, philosophy, and theology</li> <li>Examines key socio-political themes in Hinduism that are of particular relevance to the modern world</li> </ul> <p>The <i>Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Hinduism</i>, Second Edition is an excellent text for undergraduate courses on Hinduism in Religious Studies and Philosophy departments, and an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers in Hindu Studies.</p>

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