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Routledge Hindu Studies Series


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This series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, intends primarily  the publication of constructive Hindu theological, philosophical and ethical projects aimed at bringing Hindu traditions into dialogue with contemporary trends in scholarship and contemporary society. The series invites original, high quality, research level work on religion, culture and society of Hindus living in India and abroad. Proposals for annotated translations of important primary sources and studies in the history of the Hindu religious traditions will also be considered.

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Vedic Practice, Ritual Studies and Jaimini’s Mīmāṃsāsūtras: Dharma and the Enjoined Subject

Vedic Practice, Ritual Studies and Jaimini’s Mīmāṃsāsūtras: Dharma and the Enjoined Subject

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Samuel G. Ngaihte
August 08, 2019

Drawing on insights from Indian intellectual tradition, this book examines the conception of dharma by Jaimini in his Mīmāṃsāsūtras, assessing its contemporary relevance, particularly within ritual scholarship. Presenting a hermeneutical re-reading of the text, it investigates the theme of the...

Caitanya Vaiṣṇavism in Bengal: Social Impact and Historical Implications

Caitanya Vaiṣṇavism in Bengal: Social Impact and Historical Implications

1st Edition

Joseph T. O'Connell, Rembert Lutjeharms
November 15, 2018

Within the broad Hindu religious tradition, there have been for millennia many subtraditions generically called Vaiṣṇava, who insist that the most appropriate mode of religious faith and experience is bhakti, or devotion, to the supreme personal deity, Viṣṇu. Caitanya Vaiṣṇavas are a community...

The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion

The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion

1st Edition

Brainerd Prince
August 14, 2018

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. This book is an enquiry into the integral philosophy of Aurobindo and its contemporary relevance. It offers a reading of Aurobindo’s key texts by bringing them into conversation with religious studies and the hermeneutical...

The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth: Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix

The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth: Ring Composition, Royal Power and The Dharmic Double Helix

1st Edition

Raj Balkaran
July 30, 2018

The Sanskrit narrative text Devī Māhātmya, “The Greatness of The Goddess,” extols the triumphs of an all-powerful Goddess, Durgā, over universe-imperiling demons. These exploits are embedded in an intriguing frame narrative: a deposed king solicits the counsel of a forest-dwelling ascetic, who...

Nonviolence in the Mahabharata: Siva’s Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra

Nonviolence in the Mahabharata: Siva’s Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra

1st Edition

Alf Hiltebeitel
July 27, 2018

In Indian mythological texts like the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated...

Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

1st Edition

Ankur Barua
June 28, 2018

Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons...

Modern Hindu Traditionalism in Contemporary India: The Śrī Maṭh and the Jagadguru Rāmānandācārya in the Evolution of the Rāmānandī Sampradāya

Modern Hindu Traditionalism in Contemporary India: The Śrī Maṭh and the Jagadguru Rāmānandācārya in the Evolution of the Rāmānandī Sampradāya

1st Edition

Daniela Bevilacqua
January 29, 2018

Modern Hindu Traditionalism addresses Hindu traditions that resisted contact with both Neo-Hindu thought and views of “classical” Hinduism perceived to be outmoded. This book provides an in-depth understanding of Modern Hindu Traditionalism through the case study of the Rāmānandī order (sampradāya)...

Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana

Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana

1st Edition

Sucharita Adluri
January 22, 2018

Theistic Vedānta originated with Rāmānuja (1077-1157), who was one of the foremost theologians of Viśistādvaita Vedānta and also an initiate of the Śrīvaisnava sectarian tradition in South India. As devotees of the God Visnu and his consort Śrī, the Śrīvaisnavas established themselves through...

Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti

Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti

1st Edition

Barbara A. Holdrege
January 22, 2018

The historical shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic bhakti (devotional) traditions is accompanied by a shift from abstract, translocal notions of divinity to particularized, localized notions of divinity and a corresponding shift from aniconic to iconic traditions and from temporary...

Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns of Worldview of Srisailam in South India

Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns of Worldview of Srisailam in South India

1st Edition

Prabhavati C. Reddy
October 26, 2017

In recent years, changes in religious studies in general and the study of Hinduism in particular have drawn more scholarly attention to other forms of the Hindu faith that are concretely embodied in temples, icons, artworks, rituals, and pilgrimage practices. This book analyses the phenomenon of...

The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

1st Edition

Makarand R. Paranjape
October 26, 2017

Who is responsible for the Mahatma’s death? Just one single, but determined, fanatic, the whole ideology of Hindu nationalism, the ruling Congress-led government whichfailed to protect him, or a vast majority of Indians and their descendants who considered Gandhi irrelevant? Such questions...

Hinduism and Environmental Ethics: Law, Literature, and Philosophy

Hinduism and Environmental Ethics: Law, Literature, and Philosophy

1st Edition

Christopher G. Framarin
October 13, 2017

This book argues that the standard arguments for and against the claim that certain Hindu texts and traditions attribute direct moral standing to animals and plants are unconvincing. It presents careful, extensive, and original interpretations of passages from the Manusmrti (law), the Mahābhārata (...

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