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An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism

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  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654227

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  • A comprehensive study of a modern form of Hinduism that is growing in the place of its birth in the Indian state of Gujarat and among Indian immigrants in east Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. It is the most prominent form of transnational Hinduism because it creates networks that define and preserve ethnic and religious identity in the modern context of rapid mobility and communication. Founded by Sahajanand Swami or Swaminarayan (1781–1830), a religious reformer in a time of great social and political change in Gujarat, Swaminarayan Hinduism expounds a path of devotion to Swaminarayan as the final, perfect manifestation of God. Raymond Brady Williams provides a detailed introduction to the history, theology, discipline, and ritual of this important form of Hinduism. Based on and extending, with considerable updating and revision, his A New Face of Hinduism: The Swaminarayan Religion (1984), the book places Swaminarayan in the context of transnational Hinduism and analyses its current status in India and abroad.

    • Records the development of Swaminarayan Hinduism from its beginning to its current status
    • A comprehensive analysis of the entire tradition: history, theology, discipline, ritual, administration, and current status
    • The Swaminarayan Hindu temples in London and Chicago and new temples in other cities are statements in stone of the presence and power of this form of Hinduism
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    'A much-needed descriptive account.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This work is most valuable as a reference source on the Swaminarayan movement.' The Journal of Asian Studies

    'A book every Hindu would do well to read.' East and West Series

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    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654227
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The beginnings of Swaminarayan Hinduism
    2. Growth, administration and schism
    3. The structure of Swaminarayan theology
    4. The sacred world
    5. Dharma: the disciplined life
    6. The sacred thread: transmission of tradition
    7. Transnational growth of Swaminarayan Hinduism.

  • Author

    Raymond Brady Williams, Wabash College, Indiana

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