One of the oldest and most complex of the world's spiritual traditions, Hinduism is the religion of more than four-fifths of the Indian subcontinent's population. Major Hindu communities also exist around the world. Dispelling many of the myths and mysteries surrounding this ancient world religion, ""Hinduism, Fourth Edition"" provides readers with an up-to-date understanding of the interconnection of religion and politics in India, problems facing Hindu communities in the diaspora, and American movements in Hinduism. The coverage includes: roots of Hinduism; Hindu customs and beliefs; Hindu gods and devotionalism; Hindu rites of passage; the Hindu nationalist movement in India; Hinduism and the interfaith movement; and, Hinduism and the environmental movement.
Madhu Bazaz Wangu has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Ph.D. in religious studies. She is the winner of several awards for her work as a freelance artist and has also taught classes in the Hindi language.