A Very Short Introduction

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Kim Knott
Very Short Introductions
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , May
     160 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jessica Ford forthcoming.


In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview of Hinduism and its key beliefs. In this second edition she considers new issues facing Hindus such as the politicization of Hinduism in India, the increasing impact of Hindu nationalism, and the rise and fall of sectarian Hindu movements.  

  • Offers a succinct and accessible introduction to one of the world's major religions
  • Covers all aspects of Hinduism - its key texts, beliefs, and practices, both in the past and the present
  • Addresses contemporary concerns for Hindus such as changes in the use of IT and social media, and the ways in which this has transformed global communications in the Hindu diaspora and Hindu practice
  • Offers up to date analysis of recent debates on early India, Aryans, and the Veda, reflecting the increasing politicization of Hinduism and rise of identity politics
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kim Knott is Professor of Religious and Secular Studies. Previously at the University of Leeds but now at Lancaster University, she teaches the study of religions, including Hinduism, and researches religious/secular controversies and religion in public life, focusing on the media, conflict and security.

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