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1 Wendy Doniger & Martha C. Nussbaum (Eds)
Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 0195395530 / 9780195395532; Softcover; Nrw; 
Printed Pages: 400. 108838

Price: 18.55 USD
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2 Wendy Doniger (ed.)
Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts
Sri Satguru Publications; New Delhi, India; 8170303796 / 9788170303794; New; 
035079

Price: 10.25 USD
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3 Wendy Doniger
The Hindus: an alternative History
Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 9789385288661; Softcover; New; 
Spanning over six millennia, this monumental and thoroughly engrossing narrative account of Indian history and myth offers a new way of understanding one of the world?s oldest and most fascinating religions. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets karma and dharma, to name only two - arise at particular moments in Indian history and often differ in each era, between genders, and from region to region, caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism - its vitality, earthiness and vividness - lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate and devotion today. With immense skill Wendy Doniger illuminates those moments within the Hindu tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. She brings a multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant, creative - and often subversive - thinkers have kept Hinduism alive and dynamic through the ages. She reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and the lower castes, how they debate tensions surrounding ritual, faith, violence and tolerance; and how animals are key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes. A groundbreaking work by one of the world?s foremost scholars of Hinduism, already acclaimed for its extraordinary insight and analysis, The Hindus is destined to become a classic. Printed Pages: 779 with 4 maps. 107488

Price: 15.45 USD
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4 Wendy Doniger
The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra
Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 9789385288067; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. There is nothing remotely like it even today, and for its time it was astonishingly sophisticated. Yet, it is all but ignored as a serious work in its country of origin—sometimes taken as a matter of national shame rather than pride—and in the rest of the world it is a source of amused amazement, and inspires magazine articles that offer ‘mattress-quaking sex styles’ such as ‘the backstairs boogie’ and ‘the spider web’.The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. There is nothing remotely like it even today, and for its time it was astonishingly sophisticated. Yet, it is all but ignored as a serious work in its country of origin—sometimes taken as a matter of national shame rather than pride—and in the rest of the world it is a source of amused amazement, and inspires magazine articles that offer ‘mattress-quaking sex styles’ such as ‘the backstairs boogie’ and ‘the spider web’.The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. There is nothing remotely like it even today, and for its time it was astonishingly sophisticated. Yet, it is all but ignored as a serious work in its country of origin—sometimes taken as a matter of national shame rather than pride—and in the rest of the world it is a source of amused amazement, and inspires magazine articles that offer ‘mattress-quaking sex styles’ such as ‘the backstairs boogie’ and ‘the spider web’.Even as she draws our attention to the many ways in which the Kamasutra challenges the conventions of its time (and, often, ours)—in dismissing fertility as the aim of sex, for instance—Doniger also shows us how it perpetuates attitudes that have continued to darken human intercourse: passages that twin passion with violence, for example, and those that explain away women’s protests and exclamations of pain as part of a ploy to excite their male partners. In these, as in its more enlightened observations on sexual love, we see the nearly two- thousand-year-old Kamasutra mirror twentieth-century realities.In investigating, and helping us understand, a much celebrated but under-appreciated text, Wendy Doniger has produced a rich and compelling text of her own that will interest, delight and surprise scholars and lay readers alike.Printed Pages: 184. 103367

Price: 8.00 USD
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