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Gandhi - A Spiritual Biography (Hardcover): Arvind Sharma Gandhi - A Spiritual Biography (Hardcover)
Arvind Sharma
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first spiritual biography of Gandhi, whose confidence in the power of the soul changed world history In his Autobiography, Gandhi wrote, "What I want to achieve-what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years-is self-realization, to see God face to face. . . . All that I do by way of speaking and writing, and all my ventures in the political field, are directed to this same end." While hundreds of biographies and histories have been written about Gandhi (1869-1948), nearly all of them have focused on the national, political, social, economic, educational, ecological, or familial dimensions of his life. Very few, in recounting how Gandhi led his country to political freedom, have viewed his struggle primarily as a search for spiritual liberation. Shifting the focus to the understudied subject of Gandhi's spiritual life, Arvind Sharma retells the story of Gandhi's life through this lens. Illuminating unsuspected dimensions of Gandhi's inner world and uncovering their surprising connections with his outward actions, Sharma explores the eclectic religious atmosphere in which Gandhi was raised, his belief in karma and rebirth, his conviction that morality and religion are synonymous, his attitudes toward tyranny and freedom, and, perhaps most important, the mysterious source of his power to establish new norms of human conduct. This book enlarges our understanding of one of history's most profoundly influential figures, a man whose trust in the power of the spirit helped liberate millions.

Gandhi - A Spiritual Biography (Paperback): Arvind Sharma Gandhi - A Spiritual Biography (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first spiritual biography of Gandhi, whose confidence in the power of the soul changed world history In his Autobiography, Gandhi wrote, "What I want to achieve-what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years-is self-realization, to see God face to face. . . . All that I do by way of speaking and writing, and all my ventures in the political field, are directed to this same end." While hundreds of biographies and histories have been written about Gandhi (1869-1948), nearly all of them have focused on the national, political, social, economic, educational, ecological, or familial dimensions of his life. Very few, in recounting how Gandhi led his country to political freedom, have viewed his struggle primarily as a search for spiritual liberation. Shifting the focus to the understudied subject of Gandhi's spiritual life, Arvind Sharma retells the story of Gandhi's life through this lens. Illuminating unsuspected dimensions of Gandhi's inner world and uncovering their surprising connections with his outward actions, Sharma explores the eclectic religious atmosphere in which Gandhi was raised, his belief in karma and rebirth, his conviction that morality and religion are synonymous, his attitudes toward tyranny and freedom, and, perhaps most important, the mysterious source of his power to establish new norms of human conduct. This book enlarges our understanding of one of history's most profoundly influential figures, a man whose trust in the power of the spirit helped liberate millions.

Christianity and Human Rights - Influences and Issues (Paperback): Frances S. Adeney, Arvind Sharma Christianity and Human Rights - Influences and Issues (Paperback)
Frances S. Adeney, Arvind Sharma
R719 Discovery Miles 7 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A wide-ranging look at Christianity and human rights.

One Religion Too Many - The Religiously Comparative Reflections of a Comparatively Religious Hindu (Paperback): Arvind Sharma One Religion Too Many - The Religiously Comparative Reflections of a Comparatively Religious Hindu (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"One Religion Too Many" is a Hindu pilgrim s progress through the world s religious traditions. An eminent scholar of comparative religion, Arvind Sharma provides a first-hand account of how he came to be a party to the dialogue of religions first with his own religion, then with the comparative study of religion, and finally with the religious universalism he has come to espouse because of this heritage. Starting with an account of the Hinduism of his family in Varanasi, India, Sharma then heads west, finding himself dumbfounded by the Christian Eucharist, wondering if there is a Hinjew Connection, grappling with Zen in Massachusetts, and pressed into service to teach about Islam. Sharma writes with a light touch, but even when his encounters and perceptions are amusing, they are always insightful and thought-provoking. Western readers, in particular, will enjoy seeing their own traditions through the eyes of an Easterner who has come to know them well. Sharma s ultimate perspective on religious universalism is a welcoming vision for the globalizing world of the twenty-first century.

Our Religions (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Pbk. Ed): Arvind Sharma Our Religions (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Pbk. Ed)
Arvind Sharma; Edited by Arvind Sharma
R579 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R115 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An essential introduction to the world's living religions by experts from each tradition -- published in conjunction with the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions (Paperback): Victoria Kennick, Arvind Sharma Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions (Paperback)
Victoria Kennick, Arvind Sharma
R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is a spiritual master? "Spiritual Masters of the World s Religions" offers an important contribution to religious studies by addressing that question in the context of such themes as charismatic authority, role models, symbolism, and categories of religious perception. The book contains essays by scholar-practitioners on the topic of spiritual masters in Judaic, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist traditions. It provides a full spectrum of exemplars, including founders, spiritual masters who highlight cultural themes, and problematic figures of modern times. To define "spiritual master," the work of Max Weber, Mircea Eliade, Daniel Gold, and Bruce Lincoln is referenced to provide a balanced notion that includes both religionist and reductionist perspectives. This book takes readers from the past spiritual masters to the future of masters of any sort, posing food for thought about the future of master-disciple relationships in an emerging age of egalitarian sentiments."

The Shashwat Saga - A journey into the Unknown (Paperback): Arvind Sharma The Shashwat Saga - A journey into the Unknown (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Accidental Theodicy, An - Genuflexions on a Fractured Knee (Paperback): Arvind Sharma Accidental Theodicy, An - Genuflexions on a Fractured Knee (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
God, Truth, and Reality (Paperback): Arvind Sharma God, Truth, and Reality (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R538 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R105 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Little Clay Cart - An English Translation of the Mrcchakatika of Sudraka as adapted for the stage by A.L. Basham... The Little Clay Cart - An English Translation of the Mrcchakatika of Sudraka as adapted for the stage by A.L. Basham (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma
R856 Discovery Miles 8 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is one of the best Sanskrit plays and it is known very widely. Basham's excellent adaptation makes the play more accessible in English than any previous rendering.

God, Truth and Reality - Essays in Honour of John Hick (Hardcover): Arvind Sharma God, Truth and Reality - Essays in Honour of John Hick (Hardcover)
Arvind Sharma
R4,778 Discovery Miles 47 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

All arts and sciences, in their own way, ultimately try to come to grips with reality. What sets philosophy, theology and religion apart is that they grapple with ultimate reality. Over the decades spanned by John Hick's life, in the course of this grappling (reminiscent of Jacob's nocturnal encounter with the angel) philosophy became analytic, theology dialogical and religion comparative along one line of development. In these essays, written in honour of Professor Hick, leading world scholars in these fields share their most recent insights. They are, so to speak, postcards from the cutting edge.

The World's Religions - a Contemporary Reader (Paperback, New): Arvind Sharma The World's Religions - a Contemporary Reader (Paperback, New)
Arvind Sharma
R753 Discovery Miles 7 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Watch Arvind Sharma discuss his new book, The World's Religions This wide-ranging reader combines some of the best and most valuable contemporary perspectives from leading and significant writers, teachers, and thinkers who together address critical challenges and opportunities for the world's religions in a post 9/11 world. Edited by Arvind Sharma and organized by topic, the essays in this reader consider broad questions such as, What influence does religion have on contemporary life? Can religion destroy or preserve us? Could the world's religions join together as a force for good? The thematic arrangement of topics includes diverse religious perspectives on: pluralism, human rights, war, peace, globalization, science, spirituality and other topics. A special foreword by John Hick speaks to the value of this reader in broadening our needed understanding of religion.

Problematizing Religious Freedom (Hardcover, 2012): Arvind Sharma Problematizing Religious Freedom (Hardcover, 2012)
Arvind Sharma
R3,201 R2,600 Discovery Miles 26 000 Save R601 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The concept of religious freedom is the favoured modern human rights concept, with which the modern world hopes to tackle the phenomenon of religious pluralism, as our modern existence in an electronically shrinking globe comes to be increasingly characterised by this phenomenon. To begin with, the concept of religious freedom, as embodied in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, seems self-evident in nature. It is the claim of this book, however, that although emblematic on the one hand, the concept is also problematic on the other, and the implications of the concept of religious freedom are far from self-evident, despite the ready acceptance the term receives as embodying a worthwhile goal. This book therefore problematizes the concept along legal, constitutional, ethical and theological lines, and especially from the perspective of religious studies, so that religious freedom in the world could be enlarged in a way which promotes human flourishing.

Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The (Paperback): Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Arvind Sharma Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The (Paperback)
Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Arvind Sharma
R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Problematizing Religious Freedom (Paperback, 2012 ed.): Arvind Sharma Problematizing Religious Freedom (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
Arvind Sharma
R2,132 R1,743 Discovery Miles 17 430 Save R389 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The concept of religious freedom is the favoured modern human rights concept, with which the modern world hopes to tackle the phenomenon of religious pluralism, as our modern existence in an electronically shrinking globe comes to be increasingly characterised by this phenomenon. To begin with, the concept of religious freedom, as embodied in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, seems self-evident in nature. It is the claim of this book, however, that although emblematic on the one hand, the concept is also problematic on the other, and the implications of the concept of religious freedom are far from self-evident, despite the ready acceptance the term receives as embodying a worthwhile goal. This book therefore problematizes the concept along legal, constitutional, ethical and theological lines, and especially from the perspective of religious studies, so that religious freedom in the world could be enlarged in a way which promotes human flourishing.

Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution - Religion Today and Tomorrow (Hardcover): Arvind Sharma Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution - Religion Today and Tomorrow (Hardcover)
Arvind Sharma
R1,710 Discovery Miles 17 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution" unleashes religion's true potential to do good by bridging the modern divide between religion and an ever pervasive secular society, a notion often loathed by individuals on both sides of the religious aisle. As noted scholars such as Huston Smith, Karen Armstrong, Rosemary Radford Reuther, Harvey Cox, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr explain throughout the conversations related in this text, people of varied and conflicting faiths can come together to engage in civil, useful dialogue, and members of quite varied religious traditions can work together for the benefit of all humankind and can help defuse the world's current epidemic of violence. By showing how religion is an instrument in human affairs that can be tuned for both good and evil, this book lays the groundwork for an important cooperative effort to blossom.

Furthermore, today's trend of associating all religion with suspicion has spiraled into a dangerous situation-that in discarding all religion because some of it causes harm, one risks throwing away the baby with the bathwater. Books such as "When Religion Becomes Evil" by Charles Kimball, "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins, "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel Dennett, and "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens have created quite a sensation, leaving the impression that religion, at its root, brings more heartache than handshakes. This development has dismayed many scholars, students, and practitioners of religion, of all faiths, who believe that only half the story-the negative half-is being told. Although demonstrating that certain religious beliefs have surely contributed to the violence that has occurred in this century, this book also explores how other religious teachings can help solve the epidemic of violence.

Fundamentalism and Women in World Religions (Paperback): Arvind Sharma, Katherine K. Young Fundamentalism and Women in World Religions (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma, Katherine K. Young
R1,244 Discovery Miles 12 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This collection of essays by internationally renowned women scholars both contests the notion of fundamentalism and attempts to find places where it might convege with women's roles in the various world's religions. The essayists explore fundamentalism as a system or method of limiting women's religious roles and examine the ways that women embrace certain aspects of fundamentalism. The essays cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confuciansim, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The contributors investigate the ways that women "fight back" against fundamentalist conceptions of family, gender roles, doctrinal practices, ritual practices, and God or theistic constructs. The writers reassert and preserve their identities by challenging the static categories of fundamentalism. The essays contain deep and powerful explorations of the intersections of culture, religion, and feminism.

The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith (Hardcover): Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Arvind Sharma The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith (Hardcover)
Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Arvind Sharma
R1,774 Discovery Miles 17 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Jammu Botanicals in the Management of Cancer (Paperback): Badyal Arvind, Sharma Vikas Jammu Botanicals in the Management of Cancer (Paperback)
Badyal Arvind, Sharma Vikas
R991 Discovery Miles 9 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11 (Hardcover, New): Arvind Sharma, Madhu Khanna Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11 (Hardcover, New)
Arvind Sharma, Madhu Khanna
R1,476 Discovery Miles 14 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book offers a unique perspective on September 11 and our world after this tragic event, sharing lessons from an Asian religious experience that can help heal a world troubled by religious conflicts and deepening divisions, and promote a positive global transformation. Existing literature regarding the events of September 11 and our world afterward has focused mostly on the West and the Middle East. Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11 extends this discussion to include Asia-a continent and culture far too important to be ignored in any assessment of the global impact of this event. The book is organized along the following themes, as they emerged post-September 11th: religion and civilizational dialogue; religion, conflict, and peace; religion and human rights; religion and ethics; religion and the arts; religion, hermeneutics, and literature; religion and gender; religion and ecology; and religion and globalization. Individuals who are studying or teaching political science, international relations, philosophy, ethics, Asian studies, or religious studies will find the text invaluable, while general readers will appreciate the largely unvoiced Asian perspective on this topic.

Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008): Rita... Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008)
Rita Sherma, Arvind Sharma
R3,848 Discovery Miles 38 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The advent of Hindu Studies coincides with the emergence of modern hermeneutics. Despite this co-emergence and rich possibilities inherent in dialectical encounters between theories of modern and post-modern hermeneutics, and those of Hindu hermeneutical traditions, such an enterprise has not been widely endeavored. The aim of this volume is to initiate such an interface. Essays in this volume reflect one or more of the following categories: (1) Examination of challenges and possibilities inherent in applying Western hermeneutics to Hindu traditions. (2) Critiques of certain heuristics used, historically, to understand Hindu traditions. (3) Elicitation of new hermeneutical paradigms from Hindu thought, to develop cross-cultural or dialogical hermeneutics.

Applications of interpretive methodologies conditioned by Western culture to classify Indian thought have had important impacts. Essays by Sharma, Bilimoria, Sugirtharajah, and Tilak examine these impacts, offering alternate interpretive models for understanding Hindu concepts in particular and the Indian religious context in general.

Several essays offer original insights regarding potential applications of traditional Hindu philosophical principles to cross-cultural hermeneutics (Long, Bilimoria, Klostermaier, Adarkar, and Taneja). Others engage Hindu texts philosophically to elicit deeper interpretations (Phillips, and Rukmani). In presenting essays that are both critical and constructive, we seek to uncover intellectual space for creative dialectical engagement that, we hope, will catalyze a reciprocal hermeneutics."

Hindu Narratives on Human Rights (Hardcover): Arvind Sharma Hindu Narratives on Human Rights (Hardcover)
Arvind Sharma
R1,753 Discovery Miles 17 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This pioneering work examines the existing understanding of Hinduism in relation to human rights discourse. Written by a leading Hindu scholar, Hindu Narratives on Human Rights is organized around specific rights, such as the right to own property, the rights of children, women's rights, and animal rights. Within these categories and in light of the questions they raise, the book provides a guided tour of Hindu narratives on ethics, ranging from the famous religious epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, to various forms of secular literature drawn from almost a thousand years of Indic civilization. The realization that Hindu ethical discourse is narrative rather than propositional is a relatively recent one. Hence, the prevailing tendency in the West has been to overlook it in the context of the discussion of human rights. This book was written to correct that oversight. It shows that the presence of the universal in the particular in Hindu stories is a key to understanding Hindu thinking about human rights-and it indicates ways in which Hindu ethical discourse can interact creatively with modern human rights discourse.

Methodology in Religious Studies - The Interface with Women's Studies (Hardcover): Arvind Sharma Methodology in Religious Studies - The Interface with Women's Studies (Hardcover)
Arvind Sharma
R1,949 Discovery Miles 19 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
A Dome of Many Colors - Studies in Religious Pluralism, Identity, and Unity (Paperback): Arvind Sharma, Kathleen Margaret Dugan A Dome of Many Colors - Studies in Religious Pluralism, Identity, and Unity (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma, Kathleen Margaret Dugan
R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Parliament of World's Religions met in Chicago in 1993 to commemorate the centennial of the World Parliament of Religions in 1893. One of the organizing themes of this conference, attended by around 10,000 delegates, was religious pluralism the focus of this volume. Here, then, is a collection of essays from a conference that meets not every year or even every ten years but once in a century. All the of contributors to the volume are well-established scholars who are known for their expertise in world religions: Julia Ching, R. Panikkar, Harvey Cox, Arvind Sharma, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Masao Abe, Clara Sue Kidwell, Samuel Ruiz, Paul F. Knitter, Donald W. Mitchell, Jeffrey Carlson, and Robert J. Schreiter. While many books on religious pluralism focus on the plurality of religious presences in North America, this volume employs the term religious pluralism to include the plurality of perspectives present within religious traditions as well. It thus understands the term both in an internal and external sense. In addition, it extends the discussion of religious pluralism beyond North America to other theaters of the world, to Asia and Latin America. CONTENTS 1. Living in Two Worlds: A Personal Appraisal 2. Religious Identity and Pluralism 3. "Our Religions" in a Religiously Plural World 4. Civilizing the Choctaws: Cultural Expectations and Realities 5. Religious Conflict and Christianity 6. Religion and Globality: Can Interreligious Dialogue be Globally Responsible? 7. Two Types of Unity and Religious Pluralism 8. Religion and Globality 9. A Call to Action Arvind Sharma is Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal. Kathleen Dugan is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of San Diego.

Feminism and World Religions (Paperback): Arvind Sharma, Katherine K. Young Feminism and World Religions (Paperback)
Arvind Sharma, Katherine K. Young
R926 Discovery Miles 9 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Leading women scholars address their own traditions as they explore seven world religions in this unprecedented feminist treatment.

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