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Hinduism in India

Hinduism in India
Modern and Contemporary Movements

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Will Sweetman - Associate Professor of Asian Religions, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Aditya Malik - Professor and Dean, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Bihar

May 2016 | 332 pages | SAGE India

A major contribution toward the ongoing debates on the nature and history of Hinduism in India

Is Hinduism coherent, or should it be viewed as a conglomeration of many distinctive traditions? What were (or are) its most important and central teachings? When did the idea of “Hinduism” first arise and what have been the consequences? What were the effects of British rule on the religion and what are the effects of continuing modernization?

This book responds to all such debates surrounding Hinduism in the colonial and contemporary periods. It emphasizes on Hinduism as it arose and developed in the subcontinent itself—an approach which facilitates greater attention to detail and an understanding of the specific context in which new movements and changes have taken place.


Introduction: Hinduism in India
Geoffrey A. Oddie
The Emergence and Significance of the term “Hinduism”
Will Sweetman
Hinduism and Modernity
Timothy Lubin
Hinduism and Law
Thomas Birtchnell
Hinduism and Economics
Robert Eric Frykenberg
The Sacred in Modern Hindu Politics: Historical Processes Underlying Hinduism and Hindutva
Ursula Rao
Media Hinduism
Michael James Spurr
Modern Hindu Guru Movements
Aditya Malik
Folk Hinduism: The Middle Ground?
Fabrizio Ferrari
Hinduism and Healing
Elizabeth Schömbucher
Reshmi Lahiri-Roy
The Urban Hindu Arranged Marriage in Contemporary Indian Society
Vinay Kumar Srivastava
On Hinduism and Caste

“The book is a compilation of essays by eminent researchers to the ongoing discussions on nature, history, and practice of Hinduism in India. The book challenges several notions of Hinduism that describe it as a uniform and monolithic tradition. The book serves as an avenue to dialogue with the past and participates in the ongoing debates on issues pertaining to Hinduism, nationalism, and world affairs…. The most significant contribution of the book is that it explains how any understanding of Hinduism is rooted in conflict”

Free Press Journal, November 6, 2016

 “This volume of 12 contributions from eminent scholars is well-timed because it examines multiple aspects of Hinduism as a philosophy and its engagement with society and politics…. This study is welcome because it exposes the designs of political Hindu organisations”

Business Standard, September 28, 2016

“This book is after all more focused on contemporary Indian sociology than on religious contents through classical or vernacular sources.”

Indian Historical Review