The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism

The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism

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Author: A L Basham
Editor(s): Kenneth G Zysk
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 159
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-19-563085-5


This book, the final major contribution of A.L. Basham, is written with his usual clarity. Written with the general reader mind, the book answers many questions which may appear baffling to the uninitiated. Yet the author has never deviated from the rigor of his approach towards the study of Indian religion which combined history, philology and phenomenology…Above all the lucidity of his presentation will endear the book to both the student and the master.


Provides an easily readable entry into the subject.
-Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

As a short general introduction to Hinduism, there are indeed few works that might match Basham's. The lucidity is sparking, the sweep breathtaking.
-Amiya Sen, Reader, Department of History, Desbandhu College, New Delhi.

The book provides a succinct and excellent introduction to the fundamentals of Hinduism.
-Sunday Herald

Dr. Basham will send many back with eager minds to the great texts.
-The Independent


List of Illustrations

The Beginnings of Religion in south Asia
Early Speculations and the Later Sacrificial Cults
The Development of Philosophy and the Origin of the Doctrine of Transmigration
The Mystical and Ascetic