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History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Vol. VII. The Rise of New Polity and Life in Villages and Towns, Part II: Religious Movements and Institutions in Medieval India

 
D.P. Chattopadhyaya (Editor) J.S. Grewal (Editor)
Synopsis The volumes of the Project of the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way. In spite of their unitary look, they recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The project is executed by scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches and is marked by 'methodological pluralism'. In spite of its primary historical character, this project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. This volume deals with a variety of themes related to religion in medieval India, with a wide range of factual information, significant detail, and new ideas. Thematically, it is organized into five parts. The first part relates to continuity and change within the Shaiva, Shakta, and Vaishnava systems. The next part deals with Krishna bhakti and its regional manifestations in Maharashtra, Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The third part focuses on Islam in its various forms while the fourth relates to the monotheistic movements, which were neither 'Hindu' nor 'Islamic' in their origins. The concluding section centres on religious institutions, especially the sacred space. With contributions from well-known subject experts, the volume covers a large geographical canvas. It also studies major religious movements in Sikhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Islam, and other related dimensions of different faiths and religious traditions. This volume, and others in the series, will be of special interest to students and scholars of history, philosophy, cultural studies, as well as general readers interested in the civilization and culture of India.
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About the authors

D.P. Chattopadhyaya

D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Professor of Philosophy, jadavpur University, is currently working as Research Scientist of the University Grants Commission. Among his numerous published works are Individuals and Societies(1967), Individuals and Worlds (1976), environment Evolution and Value (1982), Humans Meanings Existences (1983), Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988). His forthcoming books are Induction Probability and Scepticism and Anthropology and historiography of Science.

J.S. Grewal

Professor J.S. Grewal, a former Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study of Shimla and a former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar, has written extensively on philosophy of history, medieval India, Sikh history, and history of the Punjab, and he has edited a large number of volumes. Among his numerous publications are Guru Nanak in History (1969); Muslim Rule in India: The Assessment of British Historians (1970); The Sikhs of the Punjab (1990); Historical Perspectives on Sikh Identity (1997); and Contesting Interpretations of the Sikh Tradition (1998).

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Title History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Vol. VII. The Rise of New Polity and Life in Villages and Towns, Part II: Religious Movements and Institutions in Medieval India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 019567703X
length xxvi+600p.