Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Overview
Associate Editors: Helene Basu, Professor of Anthropology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.
Angelika Malinar, Professor of Indology, University of Zürich.
Vasudha Narayanan, Professor in the Department of Religion, University of Florida.
Edited at Brill by: Senior Editor for Asian Studies: Albert Hoffstädt.
- Regions and Regional Traditions
- Sacred Space and Time
- Gods, Goddesses and Divine Powers
Volume I covers two main thematic fields. First it presents the regional traditions of Hinduism with articles on the Indian states and main regions of India and on historical regions outside of India. Here the reader will also find entries on sacred space and pilgrimage traditions, sacred time and festival traditions. The second thematic field concerns the various gods, goddesses and divine powers of Hinduism past and present.
- Sacred Texts and Languages
- Ritual Traditions
Volume II builds upon the first volume by examining the sacred languages of Hinduism and its major religious texts, literary genres, and scholarly traditions as well as the vernaculars. It further explores the ritual traditions, including domestic rituals, mantras, and intoxication. In addition, performance and the arts such as martial arts, dance, and film feature prominently. The last section extensively investigates the meaning, connotations, and use of some forty leading concepts like karman, the self, renunciation, asceticism, meditation, and liberation.
- Religious Specialists
- Religious Traditions
Volume III: The third volume of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents scholarship on the subject of Hinduism, arranged by topic, on aspects of Hindu society including caste, family, age, and gender, as well as religious specialists such as gurus, sādhus, healers, and astrologers. Religioustraditionsin alphabetical order from Aghorīs and Bāuls to Vaikhanāsa and Vārkarī Sampradāy feature prominently as one of the anchor sections. Further to this, the volume presents a thorough examination of Hindu philosophical traditions, including history, branches, and contemporary aspects.
- Historical Periods
- Philosophers, Poets, and Saints
- Relation to Other Religions and Traditions
- Hinduism and Contemporary Issues
Volume IV deals with the historical periods of Hinduism and has biographies on a number of philosophers, poets, and saints. It further analyzes Hinduism’s view of other religions, other religions’view of Hinduism, and their interaction, and deals with Indian politics and law. Finally, the last part discusses Hinduism’s view on some modern issues such as feminism, human rights, ecology, and bioethics.
- Religious Symbols
- Hinduism and Migration: Contemporary Communities outside South Asia
- Some Modern Religious Groups and Teachers
Volume V covers religious symbolism and deals with the missions to the West and global Hinduism, which include gurus with international success and other significant persons of modern Hinduism, religious movements as well as the many diaspora communities outside of South Asia.
* Encyclopedia thematically organized in five volumes
* Keywords: Hinduism, gods and goddesses, sacred narratives, regional traditions, culture, history, society, geography, South and Southeast Asia, Indian religions past and present
* Per volume approx. 75 articles, ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 words
* Approx. 850 pages per volume with photographs, maps, diagrams, tables
* Written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism
* Bibliographies for further reading accompanying each article
* Extensive index (in vol. V)
* Suitable for both undergraduates and graduates