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As one of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism has become an increasingly important area of study today. Hinduism is related to all the major continuing and connected religions of India. About 80 per cent of India’s massive population regard themselves as Hindu, and there are approximately 30 million Hindus outside of India. The study of Hinduism is diverse—it combines religion, philosophy, history, and textual studies, as well as informing a variety of comparative studies. Because the field comprises so many varied aspects, research and scholarship is wide-reaching in its response to different interpretations. Much of this work has moved online so that students and researchers have ready access to key primary source texts and a range of other electronic resources. Rather than sifting through these ever-expanding mountains of information that may or may not yield relevant results, students and researchers alike can rely on Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism to offer a reliable, up-to-date, and authoritative guide to the best literature in the field.
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Alf Hiltebeitel has taught and researched Hinduism since studying it at the University of Chicago under Mircea Eliade, J. A. B. van Buitenen, A. K. Ramanujan, and others. His publications and research have taken him back and forth between the Sanskrit Mahäbharata, India’s great epic, and fieldwork on the Tamil south Indian Draupadi cult. From this tandem project, his work branches out into related texts, most notably the Ramayana; other cults, including other Tamil Mahabharata cults and ones related to other regional Indian oral epics similar to the Draupadi cult Mahabharata; and into an attempt to understand the Indian concept of dharma. His current work incudes the following titles: Dharma (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2010); Reading the Fifth Veda: Studies in the Mahabharata, Essays by Alf Hitebeitel, Vol. 1, and When the Goddess Was a Woman: Mahabharata Ethnographies, Essays by Alf Hiltebeitel, Vol. 2 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, in press); and Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative (New York: Oxford University Press, in press).
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