New Books in Hindu Studies
<p>Interviews with Scholars of Hinduism with their New Books</p>
Religion & Spirituality
Hinduism
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Anway Mukhopadhyay, “The Authority of Female Sp...
Mukhopadhyay excavates numerous instances of the authority of female speech from Indian goddess traditions and relates them to the contemporary gender debates, especially to the issues of mansplaining and womansplaining...
35 min
2
Bihani Sarkar, "Heroic Shāktism: The Cult of Du...
Heroic Saktism is the belief that a good king and a true warrior must worship the goddess Durga, the form and substance of kingship...
63 min
3
Sree Padma, "Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Recon...
Padma focuses on two types of Gramadevatas or goddesses: deified women and those associated with disease and fertility...
32 min
4
Michael Slouber, "A Garland of Forgotten Goddes...
Slouber surveys the diversity of India's feminine divine tradition by bringing together a fresh array of captivating and largely overlooked Hindu goddess narratives from different regions....
53 min
5
Tim Bruce, "Devi Mahatmyam: The Glory of the Go...
For millions worldwide, the Devi Mahatmyam is of central spiritual importance and of equal cultural significance within Indian Sanskrit literature to the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, and the Ramayana...
38 min
6
Rita D. Sherma, "Contemplative Studies in Hindu...
What counts as contemplative practices in Hinduism? What can Hindu Studies offer Contemplative Studies as a discipline?
56 min
7
Sanjay Lal, "Gandhi's Thought and Liberal Democ...
Is religion indispensable to public life?
47 min
8
Alan Brill, " Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hin...
How do Judaism and Hinduism compare as religions?
34 min
9
Robert M. Geraci, "Temples of Modernity: Nation...
What is the relationship between science, religion and technology in Hinduism?
42 min
10
Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, "Absent Mother God o...
Saxena draws on her personal religious experiences and devotion to the Goddess Kali as a starting point to reflect on the absence of a Divine Feminine in Christianity and Judaism...
57 min
11
Malcolm Keating, "Controversial Reasoning in In...
Keating offers a ground-breaking reference resource for understanding arthāpati, and debates in Indian philosophy at large....
64 min
12
Martin Gansten, "The Jewel of Annual Astrology:...
Gansten offers the first-ever scholarly volume on Sanskritized Perso-Arabic (Tājika) astrology...
92 min
13
Shankar Nair, "Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim...
Nair offers intellectually daring and dazzlingly imaginative study of scholarly interactions, made visible through translation, between Sanskrit and Arabo-Persian philosophical traditions in premodern South Asia...
60 min
14
Jeffery D. Long, "Hinduism in America" (Bloomsb...
Long explores the influence of concepts such karma, rebirth, meditation and yoga on the American consciousness, along with Hindu temples in America...
86 min
15
Arti Dhand, "Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage: Sexu...
The Hindu tradition has held conflicting views on womanhood from its earliest texts—holding women aloft as goddesses to be worshipped on the one hand and remaining deeply suspicious about women’s sexuality on the other...
38 min
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A Conversation with Seth Powell about Yogic Stu...
What is "Yogic Studies"?
86 min
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A Conversation with Chris Chapple, Part II: Liv...
The ancient Indian philosophers conceptualized the universe as comprising 5 elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space), corresponding to the five human senses...
78 min
18
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, “Material Acts in ...
This ethnographic journey across three Indian locales examines the agency of various materials – from ornaments, to female guising, to cement images....
59 min
19
Johannes Bronkhorst, "A Śabda Reader: Language ...
Bronkhorst makes the case through an extensive introduction and select translations of important Indian texts that language has a crucial role in Indian thought...
62 min
20
David L. Haberman, “Loving Stones: Making the I...
Haberman explores the worship world of Mount Govardhan; located in the Braj region of India, the mountain is considered an embodied form of the Hindu deity Krishna...
72 min
21
A Conversation with Chris Chapple, Part I: MA i...
In this interview, we have a candid conversation with Dr. Christopher Key Chapple of Loyola Marymount University...
59 min
22
Drew Thomases, "Guest is God: Pilgrimage, Touri...
Drew Thomases investigates the Indian pilgrimage town of Pushkar...
55 min
23
Adheesh Sathaye, “Crossing the Lines of Caste" ...
What does it mean to be a Brahmin, and what could it mean to become one?
50 min
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Raj Balkaran, "The Goddess and the Sun in India...
Why are the myths of the Indian Great Goddess, Durgā, found in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa framed by myths glorifying the Sun, Sūrya?
67 min
25
Ehud Halperin, “The Many Faces of a Himalayan G...
Halperin employs an interdisciplinary approach to tell the story of Hadimba from the ground up...
66 min
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Anya P. Foxen, "Inhaling Spirit: Harmonialism, ...
Foxen traces several disparate yet entangled roots of modern yoga practice to show that much of what we call yoga...
54 min
27
Ionut Moise, "Salvation in Indian Philosophy: P...
Moise offers a comprehensive description of the ‘doctrine of salvation’ (niḥśreyasa/ mokṣa) and Vaiśeṣika...
45 min
28
Hamsa Stainton, "Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskr...
Stainton explores the relationship between 'poetry’ and ‘prayer’ in South Asia through close examination of the history of Sanskrit hymns of praise (stotras) in Kashmir from the eighth century onwards...
55 min
29
Deepra Dandekar, “The Subhedar's Son” (Oxford U...
"The Subhedar's Son" provides a fascinating insight into Brahmanical-Christian conversions of the era, along with attitudes surrounding such conversions...
63 min
30
John Stratton Hawley, “Krishna's Playground: Vr...
What happens when the Anthropocene Age makes everything virtual? What happens when heaven gets plowed under?
51 min
31
Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Mat...
Greene offers the the reader a theory of everything...
117 min
32
A. M. Ruppel, "Cambridge Introduction to Sanskr...
What is Sanskrit Studies?
61 min
33
Caleb Simmons, "Devotional Sovereignty: Kingshi...
Simmons examines the reigns of Tipu Sultan (r. 1782-1799) and Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (r. 1799-1868) in the South Indian kingdom of Mysore...
58 min
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Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette, "Dialogue and Doxogr...
This ground-breaking work on Indian philosophical doxography examines the function of dialectical texts within their intellectual and religious milieu
57 min
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Kevin McGrath, "Vyāsa Redux: Narrative in Epic ...
McGrath examines the complex and enigmatic Vyāsa, both the primary creative poet of the Sanskrit epic Mahābhārata and a key character in the very epic he composes...
53 min
36
Alexander Rocklin, "The Regulation of Religion ...
Rocklin draws on colonial archives and ethnographic work in this pioneering examination of the realities of indentured workers in colonial Trinidad...
53 min
37
A Conversation with Nicholas Sutton of the Oxfo...
Sutton describes the work of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, as well as his own scholarship.
46 min
38
Brian Collins, "The Other Rāma: Matricide and G...
Collins examines a fascinating, understudied figure appearing in Sanskrit narrative texts: Paraśurāma, i.e., “Rāma with the Axe”...
60 min
39
Peter Adamson, "Classical Indian Philosophy" (O...
Adamson and Ganeri survey the breadth and depth of Indian philosophical traditions...
85 min
40
Leslie M. Harris, "Slavery and the University: ...
How involved with slavery were American universities? And what does their involvement mean for us?
56 min
41
Archana Venkatesan, "Endless Song: Tiruvaymoli"...
In this interview we discuss the sophisticated structure and profound content of the Tiruvaymoli, along with the translator’s own transformative journey rending into English the meaning, emotion, cadence and kaleidoscopic brilliance proper to this Tamil masterpiece...
61 min
42
Elizabeth A. Cecil, "Mapping the Pāśupata Lands...
Cecil weaves together material from the Sanskrit text Skandapurāṇa, physical landscapes, inscriptions, monuments, and icons to provide groundbreaking insight into the earliest known community of Śiva devotees: the Pāśupatas...
44 min
43
Suzanne Newcombe, "Yoga in Britain: Stretching ...
Newcombe charts the trajectory of how yoga in became mainstream in Britain to the point of being taught to thousands of middle-class women in adult education classes...
60 min
44
Pankaj Jain, "Dharma in America: A Short Histor...
Jain offers a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the last two centuries..
71 min
45
Knut A. Jacobsen, "Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Har...
Jacobsen examines the Kāpil Maṭh, a Sāṃkhyayoga institution emerging in the late nineteenth century Bengal...
66 min
46
Kate Imy, "Faithful Fighters: Identity and Powe...
"Faithful Fighters" is a powerful and brilliant meditation on the impossibility of modern colonial power to canonize religion and religious identity...
67 min
47
Brian A. Hatcher, "Hinduism Before Reform" (Har...
Did modern Hinduism truly emerge due to the “reforms” instigated by “progressive” colonial figures such as Rammohun Roy?
58 min
48
Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Parad...
According to Cook, a paradox paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick...
51 min
49
Andrew Ollett, "Language of the Snakes" (U Cali...
Ollett argues that Prakit is “the most important Indian language you’ve never heard of.”
63 min
50
Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Bo...
How does the world of book reviews work?
39 min
51
Jennifer B. Saunders, "Imagining Religious Comm...
Saunders tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders..
70 min
52
K. Linder et al., "Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alt...
If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change...
36 min
53
Kenneth R. Valpey, "Cow Care in Hindu Animal Et...
What does cow care in India have to offer modern Western discourse animal ethics?
56 min
54
Simon Brodbeck, "Krishna's Lineage: The Harivam...
While typically circulating as a separate text, The Harivamsha forms the final part of the Mahabharata storyline...
45 min
55
Christopher Austin, "Pradyumna: Lover, Magician...
This is the first sustained study of an important figure in Hindu narrative, one largely obscure to readers and scholars alike: Kṛṣṇa's son Pradyumna...
54 min
56
Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter...
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at?
54 min
57
Angela Rudert, "Shakti's New Voice: Guru Devoti...
Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes towards treatment of women...
78 min
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Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing
What do university presses do, and how do they do it?
37 min
59
J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intell...
The things that make people academics do not necessarily make them good teachers...
29 min
60
Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee, "Philology a...
The Hindu great epic, Mahābhārata, exists today in hundreds of variant manuscripts across India...
65 min
61
Mark McClish, "The History of the Arthaśāstra: ...
Was ancient India ruled by politics or religion?
40 min
62
Alexander Rocklin, "The Regulation of Religion ...
Beginning in the mid 19th century, thousands of indentured laborers traveled from India to the Caribbean, and many settled in Trinidad...
42 min
63
Arik Moran, "Kingship and Polity on the Himalay...
Arik Moran examines three Rajput kingdoms during the transition to British rule (c. 1790-1840) and their interconnected histories and court intrigues.
51 min
64
William Elison, "The Neighborhood of Gods: The ...
Elison explores how slum residents, tribal people, and members of other marginalized groups use religious icons to mark urban spaces in Mumbai...
64 min
65
Ithamar Theodor, "Exploring the Bhagavad Gītā: ...
The Bhagavad Gītā remains to this day a mainstay of Hinduism and Hindu Studies alike,..
52 min
66
Harshita M. Kamath, "The Artifice of Brahmin Ma...
This book features an investigation of men donning a women’s guises to impersonate female characters...
47 min
67
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, "Reciting the Godd...
This book represents the very first study of a fascinating Hindu phenomenon: the Svasthanivratakatha (SVK), a sixteenth-century narrative textual tradition native to Nepal surrounding the Goddess, Svasthānī...
58 min
68
John Stratton Hawley, "Bhakti and Power: Debati...
What is the relationship between religion and power?
47 min
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Marko Geslani, "Rites of the God-King: Śānti an...
Is “Vedic” fire sacrifice at odds with “Hindu” image worship?
56 min
70
Patton E. Burchett, "A Genealogy of Devotion: B...
Burchett re-examines what we assume about the rise of devotionalism in North India, tracing its flowering since India’s early medieval “Tantric Age” to present day...
59 min
71
Deonnie Moodie, "The Making of a Modern Temple ...
Moodie examines the history of the Kalighat temple of Kolkata...
57 min
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Anway Mukhopadhyay, "The Goddess in Hindu-Tantr...
Why is the Indian Goddess sometimes figured as a corpse in Tantric Traditions?
75 min
73
A. M. Ruppell, "The Cambridge Introduction to S...
Why would anyone want to study Sanskrit, an ancient complex tongue? What’s the best way to go about doing so?
74 min
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Raj Balkaran, "The Goddess and The King in Indi...
Why are myths of the Indian Great Goddess couched in a conversation between a deposed king and forest-dwelling ascetic?
43 min
75
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, "In Dialogue with Clas...
Why does the narrative motif of ‘dialogue’ pervade Hindu texts?
51 min
76
David V. Mason, "The Performative Ground of Rel...
To what extent may we say that religion is a theatrical phenomenon, and that theatre is a religious experience?
51 min
77
Brad Stoddard and Craig Martin, “Stereotyping R...
Our culture is full of popular stereotypes about religion, both positive and negative...
42 min
78
Borayin Larios, "Embodying the Vedas: Tradition...
Larios probes the backbone of what makes Hinduism the world’s oldest living tradition: the unbroken chain of transmission of Vedic texts composed over 3,000 years ago, originating circa 1750-1200 BCE...
64 min
79
Nathan McGovern, "The Snake and The Mongoose: T...
Nathan McGovern draws on ancient texts to problematize the distinction between Brahman and non-Brahman in this era, shedding light on the presence of various Buddhist, Jain and Vedic groups who equally identified as Brahmans.
51 min
80
Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Op...
In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic...
29 min
81
Prakash Shah, "Western Foundations of the Caste...
The Indian caste system is an ancient, pervasive institution of social organization within the subcontinent – or is it?
58 min
82
Jeffrey D. Long, "Perspectives on Reincarnation...
What happens after you die? The book brings together fascinating theological and religious studies perspectives on a controversial yet pervasive idea: reincarnation...
70 min
83
Gil Ben-Herut, "Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of D...
Studies of Hindu saints tend to focus primarily on the saints themselves—their words, teachings, and practices—rather than tending to the often complex and complicated world of texts and traditions about those saints...
68 min
84
Caleb Simmons, "Nine Nights of the Goddess: The...
This work maps manifestations of the festival across historical periods and local celebrations over the regions of West Bengal, Odish...
39 min
85
B.R. Ambedkar, "Annihilation of Caste: The Anno...
This landmark speech by Dr. B.R. Ambedakar is the pinnacle of his scholarly work and cements his legacy alongside Mahatma Gandhi in Indian politics...
67 min
86
Mani Rao, "Living Mantra: Mantra, Deity, and Vi...
What role does mantra play in the lives of Hindu practitioners?
61 min
87
McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One ...
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention...
61 min
88
Sumantra Bose, "Secular States, Religious Polit...
Sumantra Bose's new book Secular States, Religious Politics, India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a fascinating comparison of the rise of religious parties...
55 min
89
Danna Agmon, "A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conv...
People sometimes forget—if they are even aware—that France’s empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries included a colonial presence in South Asia, a presence that at one time rivaled that of the British.
54 min
90
Philip Lutgendorf, “The Epic of Ram” (Harvard U...
Dr. Philip Lutgendorf is Retired Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa. He is currently working on a seven-volume translation of the Hindi devotional text, the Rāmcaritmānas written by the sixteenth-century North Indian...
62 min
91
Anand Taneja, “Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Eco...
Anand Taneja’s Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi (Stanford University Press, 2017) is a landmark publication that interrogates modes of religious practice and imaginaries of time that disrupt dominant claims...
54 min
92
Shyam Ranganathan, “Hinduism: A Contemporary Ph...
In Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge, 2018), Shyam Ranganathan argues that a careful philosophical study reveals telling philosophical disagreements across topics such as: ethics, logic, epistemology, moral standing,
50 min
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Keya Maitra, “Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: ...
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the foundational texts of Hinduism and probably the one most familiar and popular in the West. The moral problem that motivates the text – is it right to kill members of one’s extended family if they are on the other side in...
62 min
94
Sucharita Adluri, “Textual Authority in Classic...
What role, if any, do mythological texts play in philosophical discourse?  While modern Hindu Studies scholars are becoming increasingly attuned to the extent to which Indian narratives encode ideology, Sucharita Adluri’s Textual Authority in Classical...
36 min
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Lavanya Vemsani, “Modern Hinduism in Text and C...
Dr. Lavanya Vemsani is Distinguished Professor of India History and Religions at Shawnee University and the editor of the new volume entitled Modern Hinduism in Text and Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).
36 min
96
Elaine Fisher, “Hindu Pluralism: Religion and t...
Elaine Fisher’s Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South Asia (University of California Press, 2017) sheds light on the variegated, pluralistic texture of Hinduism in precolonial times. Drawing on Sanskrit, Telugu,
34 min
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Walter N. Hakala, “Negotiating Languages: Urdu,...
For many people language is a central characteristic of their social identity. In modern South Asia, the production of Urdu and Hindi as national languages was intricately tied to the hardening of religious identities. South Asian lexicographers,
70 min
98
Hugh Urban, “Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spiritualit...
Many contemporary spiritual movements are characterized by denial of material pleasures, subjugation of the self, and focus on transcendence. A spiritual program that cultivates embodied satisfaction is often seen as inauthentic and fraudulent.
42 min
99
Michael J. Altman, “Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu: Ame...
Scholars regularly assert that at Chicago’s World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893 Swami Vivekananda initiated Hinduism in America. Many histories of Hinduism in America reproduce this type of synthesizing narrative.
53 min
100
William Elison, et.al. “Amar Akbar Anthony: Bol...
Amar Akbar Anthony is a film like no other. When you see it you cannot forget it. Filled with music, comedy, drama, and love it captures audiences in multiple ways. But what can we learn from a deeper look at this classic of Hindi cinema?
71 min