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Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Arvind Sharma


This book sets out to explore the doctrinal dimension of classical Hinduism (eighth century BCE to circa 1000 CE.), and is organized in terms of its key concepts: brahman, karma, karma-yoga, etc. which are discussed in their logical connection as well as in the context of a period of Hinduism which is chronologically connected with those that precede and succeed it. In textual terms, this covers the period from the Upanishads down to the late Purānas, and all that comes between them: the Smrtis (law books), the Itihāsas (epics), the Purānas (ancient lore), the Āgamas (liturgical manuals) and D ... More

Keywords: classical Hinduism, Brahman, Karma, Karma yoga, Hindu thought, varna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195658712
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arvind Sharma, author
McGill University