A Complete Guide
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|Format: ||Hardback, 424 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 02 October 2017|
The Upanisads are among the most sacred foundational scriptures in the Hindu religion. Written from 800 BCE onward and making up part of the larger Vedic corpus, they offer the reader `knowledge lessons' on life, death, and immortality. While they are essential to understanding Hinduism and Asian religions more generally, their complexities make them almost impenetrable to anyone but serious scholars of Sanskrit and ancient Indian culture. This book is divided into five parts: * The Historical and Cultural Background of the Upanisads * Composition, Authorship, and Transmission of the Upanisads * Religion and Philosophy in the Upanisads * The Classical Upanishad texts * The Later Upanishad text The chapters cover critical issues such as the origins of the Upanisads, authorship, and redaction as well as exploring the broad religious and philosophical themes within the texts. The guide analyses each of the Upanisads separately, unpacking their contextual relevance and explaining difficult terms and concepts. The Upanisads: A Complete Guide is a unique and valuable reference source for undergraduate religious studies, history, and philosophy students and researchers who want to learn more about these foundational sacred texts and the religious lessons in the Hindu tradition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: What is an Upanisad? by Signe Cohen Chapter 2: The Date of the Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 3: The Authorship of the Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 4: The Redaction and Transmission of the Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 5: Ancient India: Geographical, Historical, and Cultural Background by Signe Cohen Chapter 6: The Older Vedas and the Upanisads by Dermot Killingley Chapter 7: The Religious and Ritual Background by Dermot Killingley Chapter 8: The Upanisads and Early Buddhism by Signe Cohen Chapter 9: The Social Background: Caste and Gender in the Upanisads by Steven Lindquist Chapter 10: Prominent Characters in the Upanisads by Steven Lindquist Chapter 11: Atman and brahman in the Upanisads by Jacqueline Suthren Hirst Chapter 12: Karma and Rebirth in the Upanisads by Dermot Killingley Chapter 13: Knowledge and Liberation in the Upanisads by Dermot Killingley Chapter 14: The Upanisadic Episteme by Jonardon Ganeri Chapter 15: Mantras and Sacred Language by Signe Cohen Chapter 16: The Upanisads and the Emergence of Theism by Dermot Killingley Chapter 17: The Upanisads and Yoga by Dermot Killingley Chapter 18: The Upanisads and the Mahabharata by Brian Black Chapter 19: The Upanisads and the Bhagavadgita by Simon Brodbeck Chapter 20: The Upanisads and Later Hinduism by Dermot Killingley Chapter 21: Dara Shikoh and the First Translation of the Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 22: Schopenhauer and the Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 23: The Brhadaranyaka Upanisad by Dermot Killingley Chapter 24: The Chandogya Upanisad by Dermot Killingley Chapter 25: The Aitareya Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 26: The The Kausitaki Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 27: The Taittiriya Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 28: The Isa Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 29: The Prasna Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 30: The Mundaka Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 31: The Katha Upanisad by Elizabeth Schiltz Chapter 32: The Svetasvatara Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 33: The Kena Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 34: The Maitri Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 35: The Mandukya Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 36: The Mahanarayana Upanisad by Signe Cohen Chapter 37: The Vaisnava Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 38: The Saiva Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 39: The Devi Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 40: The Samnyasa Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 41: The Yoga Upanisads by Signe Cohen Chapter 42: Conclusion by Signe Cohen
About the Author
Signe Cohen (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Missouri, USA.
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