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Beyond Personal Identity: Dogen, Nishida, and a Phenomenology of No-Self

Beyond Personal Identity: Dogen, Nishida, and a Phenomenology of No-Self

1st Edition

Gereon Kopf
November 26, 2015

Applies Dogen Kigen's religious philosophy and the philosophy of Nishida Kitaro to the philosophical problem of personal identity, probing the applicability of the concept of non-self to the philosophical problems of selfhood, otherness, and temporality which culminate in the conundrum of personal...

The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural Affliction and its Treatment in North India

The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural Affliction and its Treatment in North India

1st Edition

Dr Graham Dwyer
April 03, 2014

Based on fieldwork in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, this book focuses on supernatural affliction - illness and misfortune ascribed to demonic spirits or ghosts and to other mystical agents, such as sorcerers and witches. The study augments and extends the existing scholarship on a range of...

The Biographical Tradition in Sufism: The Tabaqat Genre from al-Sulami to Jami

The Biographical Tradition in Sufism: The Tabaqat Genre from al-Sulami to Jami

1st Edition

Jawid A. Mojaddedi
November 19, 2013

This book is a study of the major works of Sufi historiography, which takes the form of collections of biographies. It provides a literary context in which one can appreciate fully the theological significance and historical value of Sufi biographies....

Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition

Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition

1st Edition

Jonathan Morris Augustine
July 13, 2012

Hagiographies or idealized biographies which recount the lives of saints, bodhisattvas and other charismatic figures have been the meeting place for myth and experience. In medieval Europe, the 'lives of saints' were read during liturgical celebrations and the texts themselves were treated as...

Genealogy of the South Indian Deities: An English Translation of Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg's Original German Manuscript with a Textual Analysis and Glossary

Genealogy of the South Indian Deities: An English Translation of Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg's Original German Manuscript with a Textual Analysis and Glossary

1st Edition

Daniel Jeyaraj
July 13, 2012

For the first time Genealogy of the South Indian Deities, the work of Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719), the first Protestant missionary in India, is made accessible to an English readership. Originally published in 1713, the text reveals Ziegenbalg's ethos in the emerging European Enlightenment...

Religious Giving and the Invention of Karma in Theravada Buddhism

Religious Giving and the Invention of Karma in Theravada Buddhism

1st Edition

James Egge
March 21, 2002

Demonstrates that Buddhists appropriated the practice, vocabulary, and ideology of sacrifice from Vedic religion, and discusses the relationship of this sacrificial discourse to ideas of karma in the Pali canon and in early Buddhism....

Krsna: Lord or Avatara?: The Relationship Between Krsna and Visnu

Krsna: Lord or Avatara?: The Relationship Between Krsna and Visnu

1st Edition

Freda Matchett
December 08, 2000

This is a study of three Sanskrit texts, the Harivamsa, the Visnupurana, and the Bhagavatabelonging to the puranic genre, the chief source of knowledge of the origins of popular Hinduism. It treats them as integrated compositions and displays the theological motives and creative skill which have...

Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami

Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami

1st Edition

John Breen, Mark Teeuwen
July 03, 2000

This is the only book to date offering a critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era, and evaluating Shinto's place in Japanese religious culture. In recent years, a few books on medieval Shinto have appeared, but none has attempted to depict the broader picture, to examine...

Tradition and Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women's Movement

Tradition and Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women's Movement

1st Edition

Catherine A Robinson
August 25, 1999

The text examines the role of the Hindu tradition in the ideology and methodology of the Indian women's movement. By showing how leaders of the movement have restated aspects of the tradition, it provides insight into the ways in which a women's movement can restate a religious tradition....

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