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The Encyclopedia of Hinduism comprises over 900 entries reflecting fresh advances in scholarship that have raised new theoretical and methodological concerns in addition to determining new parts of analysis that have now not been addressed formerly. the talk over the time period 'Hinduism' within the gentle of post-Orientalist reviews is only one instance of the way as soon as usual educational frameworks were known as into query. Entries variety from 150-word definitions of phrases and ideas to 5,000-word in-depth investigations of significant topics.

The Encyclopedia covers all features of Hinduism yet departs from different works in together with extra ethnographic and modern fabric not like an completely textual and ancient method. It features a wide diversity of subject material reminiscent of: historic advancements (among them 19th and 20th century reform and revival); geographical distribution (especially the diaspora); significant and minor pursuits; philosophies and theologies; scriptures; deities; temples and sacred websites; pilgrimages; fairs; rites of passage; worship; non secular arts (sculpture, structure, tune, dance, etc.); spiritual sciences (e.g. astrology); biographies of major figures; neighborhood and neighborhood traditions; caste and untouchability; feminism and women's faith; nationalism and the Hindu radical correct; and new non secular activities. The historical past of research and the function of vital students previous and current also are discussed.

Accessibility to all degrees of reader has been a concern and no earlier wisdom is thought. in spite of the fact that, the in-depth better entries and the layout of the paintings in response to the most recent scholarly advances implies that the amount can be of substantial curiosity to specialists.

The entire is cross-referenced and bibliographies connect to the bigger entries. there's a complete index.

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