Author: J L Brockington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195648331
The Sacred thread is a perfect introductory text to Hinduism for both scholars and curious readers.
This important book traces the concepts of Hinduism from its Vedic origins to its present varieties with admirable clarity.
Hinduism is not just one particular approach to life: Professor Brockington shows how Hinduism encompasses new dilemmas in traditional language and accommodates fresh insights to established viewpoints, blending the old and the new. He stresses the adaptability of Hinduism, showing its ability to weave together the diverse threads of tradition and innovation. The Sacred thread is a perfect introductory text to Hinduism for both scholars and curious readers.
In ten chapters Brockington provides an excellent survey of religious developments on the subcontinent from Harappa to the Hindu reform movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, introducing the reader to the broader philosophical and cultural dimensions of the Hindu tradition as well. - Philosophy East and West
A work that is so finely and compactly written as to merit the highest praise both for the great erudition and scholarship that emanate from every page. - Journal of the American Oriental Society
An admirable survey which comes closer than any other to providing the novice student of Indian civilization with a reasonable view of the major facets of the Hindu religion. - Indo-Iranian Journal