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On Hinduism

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Through this magisterial volume which she calls the book of my books Wendy Doniger, widely acknowledged as some of the greatest and most original scholars of Hinduism, enlarges our understanding

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Through this magisterial volume which she calls the book of my books Wendy Doniger, widely acknowledged as some of the greatest and most original scholars of Hinduism, enlarges our understanding of an ancient and complex religion. Comprising a series of connected essays, On Hinduism examines a number of the most an important and contested issues in Hinduism, from the time of the Vedas to the present day: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? Is it conceivable to reconcile images of god with qualities (saguna) and without qualities (nirguna)? How can atheists be Hindu and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners obtain salvation? Why have Hindus devoted such a lot attention to addictions and why have they at all times been ambivalent about non-injury (ahimsa)? How have Hindu ideas about death, rebirth and karma changed at some point of history and what do dogs and cows let us know about Hinduism? How and under what conditions does a pluralistic religion remarkable for its intellectual tolerance foster intolerance

The book closes with short autobiographical essays by which Doniger looks back upon her academic career complete with its Orientalist heritage, self-critiques and controversies and talks eloquently and movingly concerning the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life.
Drawing upon Donigers writing over forty years, On Hinduism is scholarship of the highest order and a compelling analysis of some of the worlds great faiths

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