Understanding Hinduism by Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book supplements the online continuing ed course Introduction to Hinduism–History, Text, Philosophy from the Oxford Center for Hindu Studies.
Virtues of this book:
It exercises caution in inferring what archaeological finds indicate about the Indus Valley Civilization.
Similarly, it is cautious about the Aryan Invasion Theory. All it says about the Aryans:
- AIT is a colonial construct (drawing upon Kim Knott's book Hinduism A Very Short Introduction)
- Vedic Sanskrit has linguistic similarities with other Indo-European languages
- We may infer that the Vedic people were agriculturists or pastoralists from their hymns
I like Understanding Hinduism even better than Klaus K. Klostermaier's book A Short Introduction to Hinduism. Understanding Hinduism is the best introduction to Hinduism that I've read: therefore, I'm rating it 5 stars.
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