A book for kids, teenagers, parents and teachers, the history of today’s Hindus, one-sixth of our human race, extends back beyond recorded history. In this book, we pick up the threads of Hindu practice evident in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, which was the largest and in many ways the most advanced of the ancient civilizations. From there we trace the development of Hinduism through the early empires of India, a time of great advances in science, architecture, art and literature—during which Europe was experiencing the Middle Ages. Then came the years of trial by invasion, followed by colonization and finally, in the 20th century, independence from the British Crown. Throughout these periods of history, we highlight the people, philosophical ideas and religious practices that are key to the Hindu religion today. While the text is written for sixth grade social studies classes in US schools, it is also suitable for high school classes. It has even been used in college course work, due to its refreshingly accurate, terse but comprehensive presentation of the world’s most ancient faith.
Hard cover, 128 pages.
Book Reviewed by Koenraad Elst
Dr Koenraad Elst, respected Belgian writer and orientalist, reviews the "History of Hindu India," published by Hinduism Today magazine
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History of Hindu India for Everyman
Book Review by Koenraad Elst
LEUVEN, BELGIUM, February 23, 2012 (Dr Koenraad Elst, respected Belgian writer and orientalist, reviews the "History of Hindu India," published by Hinduism Today magazine):
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Nowadays, multiculturalist state authorities in Western countries encourage the newer and more exotic religious denominations to produce textbooks explaining in simple language their own traditions and doctrines. While formally serving as textbooks for the religion's own followers and their children, their interest for the authorities lies in the religion's self-presentation to society at large. This way they know what gestures to make and what gaffes to avoid, and what holidays to acknowledge in the official calendar. An additional benefit is that it streamlines the religions' self-understanding in a multiculturalism-friendly sense: even religions with a record of intolerance find they cannot get away with a straightforward restatement of their monopolistic claims on truth, and end up teaching pluralism to their children in spite of their inherited dogmas.
This latter consideration is really quite unnecessary in the case of Hinduism, because the Hindus never needed any prodding from outside to take a pluralistic view of religion...
"... among social studies textbooks this book is now the best introduction to Hinduism."