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THEO3306
Module Reading List

Hindu Traditions, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Mikel Burley
m.m.burley@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Required reading

For seminar questions, please see the Module Handbook

Week 14 (week beginning 24th January 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Introduction, plus Chapters 1 and 2.

Week 15 (week beginning 31st January 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 4.

Optional video and audio suggestions

Please watch the discussion between Patrick Olivelle and Nick Sutton on the Vedas and Upaniṣads, available at: http://vimeo.com/6909369; and if you want some further useful discussion, you can listen to an episode of In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01nq7ct.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 2 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 16 (week beginning 7th February 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 3.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 3 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 17 (week beginning 14th February 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 5, pp. 103–124.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 4 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 18 (week beginning 21st February 2022) 

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 5, pp. 124–127.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 5 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 19 (week beginning 28th February 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 6.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 6 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 20 (week beginning 7th March 2022)

Reading for lecture and seminar

King, Richard. 1999. ‘Orientalism and the Modern Myth of “Hinduism”’, Numen, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 146–185.

Seminar preparation

Read the above article by Richard King. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 21 (week beginning 14th March 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 7 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 22 (week beginning 21st March 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 7.

Seminar preparation

This week’s seminar will be devoted to discussing essays. Bring along queries or points to discuss.

Week 23 (week beginning 25th April 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 10, especially pp. 238–246.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 8 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

Week 24 (week beginning 2nd May 2022)

Background reading

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 10, especially pp. 232–236.

Seminar preparation

Read Section 9 of the Course Pack. For seminar questions, see the Module Handbook.

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Further reading recommendations

What follows is a list of sources that will be especially useful when you want to research particular topics on the course. A more extensive list of sources is provided in the Learning Resources area of the VLE, in the document entitled ‘Bibliography’. All the books and articles listed here and in the Bibliography should be in Leeds University Library unless otherwise stated. Please be respectful to your fellow students and return books to the library as quickly as possible.

Reference works

Cush, Denise, Catherine Robinson and Michael York, eds. 2008. Encyclopedia of Hinduism. London: Routledge.

Eliade, Mircea, ed. in chief. 1987. The Encyclopedia of Religion, 16 vols. New York: Macmillan. [Contains various entries on Hinduism and Hindu concepts.]

Stutley, Margaret and James. 1977. A Dictionary of Hinduism: Its Mythology, Folklore and Development, 1500 b.c.–a.d. 1500. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Introductions and text books

Basham, A. L. 1991. The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brockington, J. L. 1981. The Sacred Thread: Hinduism in Its Continuity and Diversity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Also published by Foundation Books, 2004.]

Grimes, John, Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby. 2006. ‘Hindu Dharma’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby (eds), Religions of South Asia: An Introduction. London: Routledge, pp. 15–84.

Herman, A. L. 1991. A Brief Introduction to Hinduism: Religion, Philosophy, and Ways of Liberation. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Hopkins, Thomas J. 1971. The Hindu Religious Tradition. Belmont: Dickenson.

Klostermaier, Klaus. 1989. A Survey of Hinduism. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Knott, Kim. 1998. Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lipner, Julius. 1994. Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. London: Routledge.

Rodrigues, Hillary P. 2006. Introducing Hinduism. London: Routledge.

Thapar, Romila. 1992. Interpreting Early India. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Zaehner, R. C. 1966. Hinduism, 2nd edn. London: Oxford University Press.

Anthologies of primary sources in English translation

Embree, A. T., ed. 1988. Sources of Indian Tradition, Vol. 1, 2nd edn. New York: Columbia University Press.

O’Flaherty, Wendy D., trans. and ed. 1988. Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Zaehner, R. C., trans. and ed. 1966. Hindu Scriptures, London: Dent.

Anthologies of scholarly articles

Flood, Gavin, ed. 2003. The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism. Oxford: Blackwell.

Mittal, Sushil, and Gene Thursby, eds. 2004. The Hindu World. London: Routledge.

Vedas and Upaniṣads

Griffith, Ralph, trans. 1999. Hymns of the Rgveda, revised edn. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal.

Olivelle, Patrick, trans. 1998. Upaniṣads. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli, ed. and trans. 1953. The Principal Upaniṣads. London: Allen & Unwin.

Karma and reincarnation

Keyes, Charles F., and E. Valentine Daniel, eds. 1983. Karma: An Anthropological Inquiry. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

O’Flaherty, Wendy D., ed. 1980. Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Dharma / duties

Doniger, Wendy, and Brian K. Smith, trans. 1991. The Laws of Manu. London: Penguin.

Olivelle, Patrick, trans. 2004. The Law Code of Manu. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stages of life (āśrama)

Olivelle, Patrick. 1993. The Āśrama System. New York: Oxford University Press.

Women and gender

Findly, Ellison B. 1985. ‘Gārgī at the King’s Court: Women and Philosophic Innovation in Ancient India’, in Yvonne Y. Haddad and Ellison B. Findly (eds), Women, Religion, and Social Change. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, pp. 37–58.

Hawley, John S., ed. 1994. Sati: The Blessing and the Curse: The Burning of Wives in India. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Leslie, Julia, ed. 1991. Roles and Rituals for Hindu Women. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Epics and Purāṇas

Brockington, J. L. 1984. Righteous Rāma: The Evolution of an Epic. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Brockington, John. 2003. ‘The Sanskrit Epics’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 5.

Dimmitt, Cordelia, and J. A. B. van Buitenen, eds. 1978. Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Purāṇas. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Farndell, Arthur. 2003. A Mahābhārata Companion. London: St James Publishing.

Matchett, Freda. 2003. ‘The Purāṇas’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 6.

Sutton, Nicholas. 2000. Religious Doctrines in the Mahābhārata. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Bhagavad Gītā

Johnson, W. J., trans. 1994. The Bhagavad Gita. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Minor, Robert N. 1982. Bhagavad-Gita: An Exegetical Commentary. New Delhi: Heritage.

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli, trans. 1949. The Bhagavadgītā, 2nd edn. London: Allen and Unwin.

Sharma, Arvind. 1986. The Hindu Gītā: Ancient and Classical Interpretations of the Bhagavadgītā. London: Duckworth.

Theodor, Ithamar. 2010. Exploring the ‘Bhagavad Gītā’: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning. Farnham: Ashgate.

van Buitenen, J. A. B. van, trans. 1981. The Bhagavadgītā in the Mahābhārata: Text and Translation. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Devotional (bhakti) movements

Cutler, Norman. 2003. ‘Tamil Hindu Literature’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 7.

Hawley, John S., and Mark Juergensmeyer, trans. 1988. Songs of the Saints of India. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Martin, Nancy M. 2003. ‘North Indian Hindi Devotional Literature’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 9.

Narayanan, Vasudha. 2003. ‘Gender in a Devotional Universe’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 27.

Orientalism / Is Hinduism a religion?

Bloch, Esther, Marianne Keppens and Rajaram Hegde, eds. 2010. Rethinking Religion in India London: Routledge.

Halbfass, Wilhelm. 1988. ‘Dharma in the Self-Understanding of Traditional Hinduism’, in his India and Europe: An Essay in Understanding. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, ch. 17.

Inden, Ronald. 2000. Imagining India, 2nd edn. London: Hurst.

King, Richard. 1999. ‘Orientalism and the Myth of “Hinduism”’, Numen, 46(2): 146–185.

Llewellyn, J. E., ed. 2005. Defining Hinduism: A Reader. London: Equinox.

Pennington, Brian K. 2005. Was Hinduism Invented? Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press.

Smith, David. 2003. ‘Orientalism and Hinduism’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 2.

Sweetman, Will. 2003. ‘“Hinduism” and the History of “Religion”: Protestant Presuppositions in the Critique of the Concept of Hinduism’, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 329–353.

Viswanathan, Gauri. 2003. ‘Colonialism and the Construction of Hinduism’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 1.

Viṣṇu and Krishna

Colas, Gérard. 2003. ‘History of Vaiṣṇava Traditions: An Esquisse’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 11.

Haberman, David L. 1994. Journey through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kinsley, David R. 1975. The Sword and the Flute: Kālī and Kṛṣṇa: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Whaling, Frank. 1980. The Rise of the Religious Significance of Rāma. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Śiva

Flood, Gavin. 2003. ‘Śaiva Traditions’, in Flood (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, ch. 10.

Gaston, Anne-Marie. 1982. Śiva in Dance, Myth and Iconography. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Kramrisch, Stella. 1981. The Presence of Śiva. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

O’Flaherty, Wendy D. 1981. Śiva: The Erotic Ascetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Also see the first edition: 1973. Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Śiva. London: Oxford University Press.]

Devī (the Goddess)

Hawley, John S., and Donna M. Wulff, eds. 1998. Devī: Goddesses of India. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Kinsley, David R. 1975. The Sword and the Flute: Kālī and Kṛṣṇa: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Kinsley, David. 1986. Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Pintchman, Tracy. 1994. The Rise of the Goddess in Hindu Tradition. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Hindu philosophies (esp. Vedānta, Sāṃkhya, and Yoga)

Burley, Mikel. 2007. Classical Sāṃkhya and Yoga: An Indian Metaphysics of Experience. London: Routledge.

Clear, Edeltraud Harzer. 1998. ‘Hindu Philosophy’, in Edward Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge; available at: http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/F002

Dasgupta, Surendranath. 1922–1955. A History of Indian Philosophy, 5 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Deutsch, Eliot. 1969. Advaita Vedānta: A Philosophical Reconstruction. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center Press.

Eliade, Mircea. 1969. Yoga: Immortality and Freedom, trans. Willard R. Trask, 2nd edn. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

King, Richard. 1999. Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Larson, Gerald J. 1969. Classical Sāṃkhya: An Interpretation of Its History and Meaning. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

Lipner, Julius. 1986. The Face of Truth: A Study of Meaning and Metaphysics in the Vedāntic Theology of Rāmānuja. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli, and Charles A. Moore, eds. 1957. A Source Book in Indian Philosophy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

This list was last updated on 13/01/2022