Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 24, 2000 - Religion - 160 pages
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Hinduism is practised by eighty per cent of India's population, and by thirty million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott combines a succinct and authoritative overview of a major religion with an analysis of the challenges facing it in the twentieth century. She discusses key preoccupations of Hinduism such as the centrality of the Veda as religious texts, the role of brahmins, gurus, and storytellers in the transmission of divine truths, and the importance of epics such as the Ramayana. Issues such as the place of women and dalits (untouchables) in contemporary society are also addressed, making this book stimulating reading for Hindus and non-Hindus alike. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Pretty good, concise introduction to Hinduism. - Goodreads
Hard to imagine a better short introduction. - Goodreads
As the title says, a very short introduction indeed. - Goodreads

Review: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #5)

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For such a short book the author wastes a remarkable amount of time on padding and on commentary on her own writing structure. I wish that there had been both more quotations from the Hindu scriptures ... Read full review

Review: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #5)

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

It's difficult to summarize a centuries-old religion in a very short space, so kudos to Kim Knott for making that attempt. I was looking for a book that might summarize the main deities and legends of ... Read full review

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Kim Knott is Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds and the President of the British Association for the Study of Religions. She has written on modern Hinduism, religions in Britain, and gender and religion.

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