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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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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 (...

A Woman's Ramayana: Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic

A Woman's Ramayana: Candrāvatī's Bengali Epic

1st Edition

Mandakranta Bose, Sarika Priyadarshini Bose
October 12, 2017

The Rāmāyana, an ancient epic of India, with audiences across vast stretches of time and geography, continues to influence numberless readers socially and morally through its many re-tellings. Made available in English for the first time, the 16th century version presented here is by Candrāvatī, a...

Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History of Reception in Premodern India

Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History of Reception in Premodern India

1st Edition

Ajay K. Rao
October 12, 2017

The Rāmāyana of Vālmīki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic’s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of...

The Future of Hindu–Christian Studies: A Theological Inquiry

The Future of Hindu–Christian Studies: A Theological Inquiry

1st Edition

Francis X. Clooney
June 19, 2017

The field of Hindu-Christian studies revives theology as a particularly useful interreligious discipline. Though a sub-division of the broader Hindu-Christian dialogue, it is also a distinct field of study, proper to a smaller group of religious intellectuals. At its best it envisions a two-sided,...

Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy: On Knowing and What is to Be Known

Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy: On Knowing and What is to Be Known

1st Edition

ShashiPrabha Kumar
June 16, 2017

Vaisesika is one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy. It represents a pluralistic realism and is usually held to be an atomistic, metaphysical theory. This book explores the basic tenets of the Vaisesika classical school of Indian philosophy from a new perspective. It argues that it reveals an...

River and Goddess Worship in India: Changing Perceptions and Manifestations of Sarasvati

River and Goddess Worship in India: Changing Perceptions and Manifestations of Sarasvati

1st Edition

R.U.S. Prasad
May 30, 2017

Sarasvati assumes different roles, a physical river and a river goddess, then as a goddess of speech and finally that of a goddess of learning, knowledge, arts and music. References to Sarasvati in the Vedas and the Brahmanas, the Mahabharata and the Puranas and her marked presence in other...

Indian Thought and Western Theism: The Vedānta of Rāmānuja

Indian Thought and Western Theism: The Vedānta of Rāmānuja

1st Edition

Martin Ganeri
May 25, 2017

The encounter between the West and India in the modern period has also been an encounter between Western modernity and the traditions of classical Indian thought. This book is the study of one aspect this encounter, that between Western scholasticism and one classical Indian tradition of religious...

Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism: A philosophical-theological inquiry

Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism: A philosophical-theological inquiry

1st Edition

Julius J. Lipner
April 19, 2017

Hinduism comprises perhaps the major cluster of religio-cultural traditions of India, and it can play a valuable role in helping us understand the nature of religion and human responses to life. Hindu image-worship lies at the core of what counts for Hinduism – up-front and subject to much...

The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response

The Other Ramayana Women: Regional Rejection and Response

1st Edition

John Brockington, Mary Brockington
June 01, 2016

This book is the first to present current scholarship on gender and in regional and sectarian versions of the Rāmāyaṇa. Contributors explore in what ways the versions relate to other Rāmāyaṇa texts as they deal with the female persona and the cultural values implicit in them. Using a wide variety...

Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition: Salvific Space

Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition: Salvific Space

1st Edition

Knut A. Jacobsen
August 21, 2015

Salvific space is one of the central ideas in the Hindu traditions of pilgrimage, and concerns the ability of space, especially sites associated with bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, to grant salvific rewards. Focusing on religious, historical and sociological questions about the...

Hindu Perspectives on Evolution: Darwin, Dharma, and Design

Hindu Perspectives on Evolution: Darwin, Dharma, and Design

1st Edition

C. Mackenzie Brown
August 04, 2015

Providing new insights into the contemporary creationist-evolution debates, this book looks at the Hindu cultural-religious traditions of India, the Hindu Dharma traditions. By focusing on the interaction of religion and science in a Hindu context, it offers a global context for understanding...

Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia: Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata

Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia: Past and Place in the Sanskrit Mahabharata

1st Edition

James Hegarty
July 23, 2015

The Sanskrit Mahabharata is one of the greatest works of world literature and pivotal for the understanding of both Hindu traditions and wider society in ancient, medieval and modern South Asia. This book presents a new synthesis of philological, anthropological and cognitive-linguistic method and...

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