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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198610262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198610267
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The entries are crisp and precise; simple without being simplistic, accessible without being condescending. (Ramachandra Guha, TLS) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dr William Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cardiff University. He has translated and written introductions and notes for the Oxford World Classics series, including for The Bhagavad Gita. He has contributed to Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary Religions: A World Guide, Encarta, and has been a consultant on Asian religions in the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. He has also published a book, Harmless Souls, and various articles on the ancient Indian religion of Jainism.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Braithwaite on 8 Nov. 2013
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A very good book, covers most of the basics. It's hard really to cover everything because Hinduism is such a large field. I bought it to because I kept forgetting the meaning of major Gods, Maruts / Rudra / Indra / Svitar / Varuna / Mitra etc etc It covers these adequately.

The other thing I found impressive was that if you look up the Mahabharata, it lists all the books within it and provides a synopsis of what each book covers, this allowed me to investigate Bhisma's teachings in greater detail.

There is also a pronunciation guide at the back, which helps.

The book is far from perfect, but given the complexity of the subject it tries to cover, it's more than adequate and I highly recommend it.
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Invaluable resource 13 Jan. 2014
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This book is indispensable for anyone attempting to study Hinduism. My only regret is that I wish the book was at least twice the size but that's not a serious criticism. I think it is fortunate that such an excellent resource is available.
Best single-volume, English language dictionary on Hinduism that I've ... 24 Feb. 2015
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Best single-volume, English language dictionary on Hinduism that I've seen, No one does reference books better than Oxford University Press.
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