The Hindus: An Alternative History


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AuthorWendy Doniger
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2019
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
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‘[An] amazingly breathtaking book in its sweep. Indeed, before this, one would have thought such a book could never be written…She writes with sympathy and empathy and with humour and wit. [The Hindus] is a great book.’—Bibek Debroy, The Indian Express

Beginning with the cave paintings of Bhimbetka from 30,000 years ago, and drawing upon sacred and secular texts, folklore and popular culture, this monumental history of Hinduism offers a new way of understanding one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating living religions. It is a classic that will be read and discussed for generations.

‘A work of remarkable scholarship, and a major contribution to the understanding of the capacious nature of the Hindu tradition.’—Amartya Sen

‘[A] masterpiece…There is no book like Doniger’s which so meticulously and faithfully interprets the Hindu spirit, which clearly distinguishes itself for its catholicity and comprehensiveness of approach.’—A.K. Bhattacharya, Business Standard

‘[A] staggeringly comprehensive book.’—Pankaj Mishra, New York Times

‘[The Hindus] is no ordinary trek through inscriptions and chronicles. It is more like a psychedelic pilgrimage to sites, ritual moments, and beloved texts scattered over three millennia.’—David Shulman, The New York Review of Books

‘Anyone seriously concerned with Hinduism in the contemporary world will be well advised to read, enjoy, engage and even argue with [this] book.’—A.R. Venkatachalapathy, The Hindu

‘[A] monumental work that is awe-inspiring and humbling in its scale.’—Devdutt Pattanaik, Mid-Day

About the author
Wendy Doniger holds two doctorates, in Sanskrit and Indian studies, from the universities of Harvard and Oxford. She has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Chicago, where she was the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions. Since the 1970s, she has written several acclaimed and bestselling works, among them, Hindu Myths; Siva: The Erotic Ascetic; Women, Androgynes and Other Mythical Beasts; Dreams, Illusion and Other Realities; On Hinduism; The Ring of Truth; Beyond Dharma and translations of the Rig Veda and the Kama.

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