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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction to Hinduism
Hinduism has a special place among the world's major religions, being of great antiquity and being, until recent times, an ethnic or racial religion, like Judaism, Sikhism or Shinto. In the last century it has spread its teachings to the West and in doing so has fragmented and branched into an even more complex variety, so that, as the author of this book says, we...
Published on 11 Nov 2005 by Peter Reeve

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1.0 out of 5 stars Like being lost in a maze without a guide
I've picked this book up and put it down so many times. It takes ages to get going and once it does get going it gives you no idea about the hierarchy of ideas in terms of importance, and it doesn't spell out what the main ideas are simply enough. It goes right for the small detail without painting the bigger picture, so you can't see how it all fits together. Reading...
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by Greshon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful!, 26 Jan 2013
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I initially brought this book on recommendation of my tutor who advised us all to purchase it for our degree in religious studies. Having little knowledge of the Hindu faith I found this really useful as it built upon my knowledge I already have attained and furthermore it was simple to understand and follow, it looked at various areas such as basic beliefs, main Gods and even had a section devoted to Hindu women, where Knott looks in depth at the disparity faced by them. Her book makes a clear distinction between those who study Hinduism and those who practice it, so gives a wide view of the faith. I would strongly advise anyone who is studying Hinduism or simply wishing to learn more about the faith to purchase it!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hinduism, 16 Nov 2010
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A good useful book but in tiny type font and that is the worst part of it. Keeping a book small can be a good idea but keeping the older readers in mind can be another brilliant thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 28 Oct 2007
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I give thanks for the day someone thought up the idea for this wonderful series of books. In beginning to study or understand a subject it is often hard to know where to start and how to get a handle on it. Nowadays the first thing I do is look to see if OUP have printed one of the Very Short Introductions and then buy it! This is another winner for me. I have spoken to Hindus of my acquaintance about what it is to be a Hindu, but it is such a personal and varied set of religious beliefs it is often difficult to find a way in to the topic. This book is a kind of life raft round which I have built all my other findings and studies. It is by no means comprehensive, but it is sensitively written, easy to understand, interesting and gives as much as a cohesive view as I'm likely to find, and that is good enough for me.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book on a difficult subject, 9 April 2011
This review is from: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Firstly, before buying books on Hinduism you must consider the depth of the subject. This is a religion with so many gods, it's impossible to memorise them. It's also a religion which is so vast, so multi-layered that not even the most devout Hindu can claim to understand all aspects of it.

With that in mind, if you are looking for a brief subtle introduction - then this little book is perfect for you. The small pocket size of the book means you can easily carry it with you while in India and refer to it when needed. I think that is the main thing this title has to offer.

The key to understanding the religion, is that books such as this are just the baby steps (if that) towards a lifetime of reading in a subject that will fascinate and consume your interest.

With the rise of India, books like this will be very helpful to those preparing themselves for the next few decades.

If buying this book, I'd also recommend Guy Ritchie's film 'Revolver'. Revolver delves into the examination of the ego and mastery of it - a big concept to Hindus. I'd also recommend the graphic novel 'Photo Booth', which would be an excellent companion to a title like this, and gives an insight into Hindu thought.

Photo Booth

Revolver [DVD]
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