An Introduction to Swanninarayan Hinduism

3rd Ed.

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Raymond Brady Williams
Introduction to Religion
  • Cambridge, MA: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , November
     2018.
     308 pages.
     $34.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781108431514.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Avni Chag forthcoming.

Description

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Raymond Brady Williams is LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Emeritus and Professor of Religion (Chair) Emeritus of Wabash College, Indiana.

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