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"Don't miss this equivalent of a brilliant graduate course froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post
An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of
the world's oldest major religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account. Many of
its central texts cannot be reliably dated within a century; its central tenets arise at particular moments in Indian
history and often differ according to gender or caste; and the differences between groups of Hindus far outnumber the
commonalities. Yet the greatness of Hinduism lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continues to
inspire debate today. This groundbreaking work elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary
worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.