Volume IV of Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents a historical overview of Hinduism, covering significant periods from the Indus Civilization to contemporary India. In addition, the volume features more than 30 biographies dedicated to important figures of pre-19th century religious poets, teachers, and saints, alphabetically arranged. Special attention is given to the interchanges between Hinduism and other religions and traditions, and a separate section examines the connections between Hinduism and contemporary issues such as ethics, ecology, the Internet, tourism, and New Age spirituality.
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'it is not an empty claim in the Preface that _the depth and breadth of information provided are unmatched by any reference work on Hinduism_(...) On the whole, the editors and the competent project team at Brill have coped admirably with the challenges, preparing an impressive list of entries, enlisting a competent team of (as many as 155) accomplished scholars, applying a uniform style to the encyclopedia, achieving consistency in the use of diacritics and weaving the diverse contributions into a coherent whole.'
Jan Filipsky, Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Oriental Archive 81 (2013)
'As a product of in-depth and critical scholarship, Brill's Encyclopedia of HInduism is unparalleled in its breadth, depth and reliability. As in every scholarly undertaking, especially an interdisciplinary one touching upon Indology, religious studies, history, anthropology, sociology, art history, and other academic disciplines, there is always ample scope for improvement and further research. But suffice it to say that, as of now, together with the last two substantial volumes already in print, the present compendium may be taken as a dernier cri in critical scholarship, a veritable jnanavapi (well of knowledge) for future generations to replenish.'
Jan Filipsky, Czeck Academy of Sciences, Archiv Orientalni , 84/3 (2016)
History, Philosophy, Knowledge Traditions, Interreligious Contact deals with the historical periods of Hinduism, knowledge traditions, and schools of philosophy.The Yoga and astrological traditions also can
be found in this volume, as well as articles on Hinduism in legal and political contexts. Finally, the last
part of this volume gives a number of analyses of Hinduism's view of other religions and other religions'
view of Hinduism and their interaction.
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