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Hindu Traditions, 2017/18, Semester 2
Bihani Sarkar
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Goodall, Dominic, 1996, Hindu Scriptures, University of California Press: Berkeley

Michaels, Axel, 2004, Hinduism : past and present ISBN: 0691089531 (pbk.) : £13.95; 0691089523 (cased) : £45.00, Princeton University Press: Princeton and Oxford 

Acharya, Diwakar, 'How to behave like a bull? New Insights into the Origin and Religious Practices of the Pāśupatas' in Indo-Iranian Journal 56, 2013, pp. 101-131 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 08/01/2018) (in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE).

Idem, 'This World in the Beginning, was phenomenally non-existent: Āruṇī's discourse on cosmogony in Chāndogya Upaniṣad VI.1-VI.7' in Journal of Indian philosophy. ISSN: 0022-1791, 2016, Issue 5, Vol. 44, pp. 833-865 (in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE)

Bisschop, Peter, 2009, 'Śiva' in Brill Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, Volume 1, Koninklijke Brill: Leiden, pp. 741-754 (in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE).

Brockington, J.L., 'The Purāṇas-- Priestly or Popular?' in Haryana Sahitya Akademi Journal of Indological Studies, 2.1, 1987, pp. 122-134. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 08/01/2018) 

Clayton, John, 'Claims, Contexts and Contestability' Religions, Reasons and Gods: Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2006, pp. 1-11.

Idem, 'Religions, reasons and gods' in Religions, reasons and gods : essays in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, pp. 80-91.

Idem, 'Ramanuja, Hume and 'comparative philosophy' in Religions, reasons and gods : essays in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, pp. 99-132.

Dirks, Nicholas B, 1987, The Hollow Crown: Ethnohistory of an Indian Kingdom, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge (for an anti-Weberian argument that the State in medieval India was not subordinate to religion. See Chapter 1 in particular for useful summaries of previous arguments by Weber and Dumont concerning Indian religion)

Franco, Eli and Preisendanz, Karin (eds)., 1997, Beyond Orientalism : the work of Wilhelm Halbfass and its impact on Indian and cross-cultural studies ISBN: 9789042002401 (pbk.); 9042002476 (bound); 9789042002470 (bound); 9042002409 (pbk.), Rodopi: Atlanta, Ga. (read in particular Halbfass's own essays here for his views on comparative religion which takes into account the study of Indian religion for Theology as a discipline-- note especially that he is arguing against Said)

Geertz, Clifford, 1981, Negara: The Theatre State in 19th Century Bali, Princeton University Press: Princeton (not directly related to India but fundamental for the understanding of the use of Hindu ritual in a pre-modern “Indic” kingdom for the substantiation of kingship)

Kulke, H. 1992. “The Rājasūya. A Paradigm of Early State Formation?” In A.W. van den Hoek, D.H.A. Kolff, and M.S. Oort, eds., Ritual, state, and history in South Asia : essays in honour of J.C. Heesterman ISBN: 9789004094673 (alk. paper); 9004094679 (alk. paper). Leiden: E.J. Brill: 188-198.

Sanderson, Alexis, 1988, 'Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions' in The World's religions ISBN: 9780709933434; 0415003245, edited by S. Sutherland, L. Houlden, P. Clarke and F. Hardy. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul (1988), pp. 660–704. Reprinted in The World’s Religions: The Religions of Asia, edited by F. Hardy. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul (1990), pp. 128–72.(in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE)

Idem, 2009, 'The Śaiva Age-- The Rise and Dominance of Śaivism during the Early Medieval Period' in Shingo Einoo, ed., Genesis and Development of Tantrism, Tokyo: University of Tokyo, Institute of Oriental Culture, March 2009, pp. 41–349. (in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE) - Available online:

Idem, 2015, 'Tolerance, Exclusivity, Inclusivity and Persecution in Indian Religion during the Early Medieval Period' in Honoris Cause: Essays in Honour of Aveek Sarkar, Allen Lane: Calcutta. (in 'Reading Materials' in your module option on VLE) - Available online:

Sarkar, B., 2017, Heroic Saktism : the cult of Durga in ancient Indian kingship ISBN: 9780197266106 (hardback) : £70.00: the cult of Durgā in Ancient Indian Kingship, Oxford University Press: Oxford (see the first 2 chapters for early Śākta mythologies of the goddess from the Gupta period and c. 7th century CE)

Stoller-Miller, Barbara, 1998, Love Song of the Dark Lord: Jayadeva's Gītagovinda, Columbia University Press: Columbia.

This list was last updated on 12/01/2018