This is an exploration of contemporary Hinduism, illustrated by case studies from the lived religion. Understanding Hinduism today requires an understanding of how it is practised in the contemporary world. Stephen Jacob's new introduction tackles these central issues, beginning with case studies of the grassroots practice of Hinduism in India and in diaspora communities. He covers issues of singular importance in the modern study of Hinduism, including the importance and role of mass media to this essentially orally transmitted religion. Other major areas covered include the concept of Hindu dharma, particularly in relation to caste, gender and Hindu nationalism, key and often controversial concepts in Hinduism. These useful guides aim to introduce religions through the lens of contemporary issues, illustrated throughout with examples and case studies taken from lived religion. The perfect companion for the student of religion, each guide interprets the teachings of the religion in question in a modern context and applies them to modern day scenarios.
Stephen Jacobs is Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Religion at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.
1. Hinduism: The Basics; 2. Hinduism in India; 3. Hinduism in Diaspora; 4. Hinduism and Global and New Media. 5. Hindu Dharma in the Contemporary World: Gender, Caste and Political Hinduism.; 6. Hinduism: The Future; Bibliography; Index.