The Hindus: An Alternative History

The Hindus: An Alternative History

Wendy Doniger


"Don't pass over this identical of an excellent graduate direction froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of background and delusion, The Hindus deals a brand new manner of figuring out one of many world's oldest significant religions. Hinduism doesn't lend itself simply to a strictly chronological account. lots of its primary texts can't be reliably dated inside of a century; its valuable tenets come up at specific moments in Indian background and sometimes fluctuate in response to gender or caste; and the diversities among teams of Hindus a long way outnumber the commonalities. but the greatness of Hinduism lies accurately in lots of of those idiosyncratic traits that maintains to encourage debate this day. This groundbreaking paintings elucidates the connection among recorded heritage and imaginary worlds, the interior lifestyles and the social heritage of Hindus.

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