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Sources of Indian Tradition, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to 1800 (Introduction to Oriental Civilizations) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0231066518 ISBN-10: 0231066511 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 547 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 2nd edition (April 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231066511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231066518
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a serious, careful, dependable book, broader and more varied even than the old Sources .... It is also easy to read, to look at, and to hear; the new translations are always sound, often charming, and occasionally quite brilliant. This is the primary study of Indian civilization." -- Wendy Doniger University of Chicago

"This reader constitutes the most complete and useful sourcebook on the intellectual history of India anywhere. The translations and the brief but pointed explanatory materials are of the highest quality and insure that this work will continue to be essential to any well-conceived introductory course on the civilizations of India and Asia." -- Robert P. Goldman University of California, Berkeley

For over thirty years, anyone seriously interested in India has always had to keep a copy of this classic within arm's reach. Sources of Indian Tradition is so useful,as a reference work, sourcebook, or textbook,that it has been indispensable to scholars all over the world. I welcome the 'return' of this important work to the marketplace. Better still, I am delighted to note that, in matters of fine-tuning, this is an improved and updated and revised edition. -- Robert Eric Frykenberg University of Wisonsin, Madison

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This is a serious, careful, dependable book, broader and more varied even than the old Sources.... It is also easy to read, to look at, and to hear; the new translations are always sound, often charming, and occasionally quite brilliant. This is the primary study of Indian civilization.

(Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McGarry on August 11, 2000
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India has one of the richest and most intricate cultures in the world. Imagine a book that compiled all the ancient sources of this culture into a single volume. This book is as close to that ideal as possible. This volume covers India from pre-historic times until the mid 18th century. It includes selections from the Vedas and the Upanishads, foundational Hindu texts; selections from important Jain texts; and selections from early Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist texts. It them embarks on an elaborate discussion of Hinduism, organized on the four goals of life -- *dharma*, *artha*, *kama*, and *moksha* (the section on *moksha* contains selections from the *Bhagavad Gita*, other scriptures, and the writings of mystics & saints). The last section of the anthology is a detailed treatment of the Muslims period in India, from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Overall, this is an invaluable sourcebook for anyone who wants to know more about the history of India.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Fowler on June 29, 2009
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This book is an essential part of one's study of India and her history (to the end of the Mughal dynasty). In fact, it might very well be the most often used "textbook" in college courses on the subject. Countless students of Indic civilization, including myself, have cut their teeth on it and there is good reason. Professor Embree, the father of South Asian Studies in the USA, and an array of other notable scholars have written introductions to, and translated excerpts from, some of the most important texts in Indic religious, political and social history. That said, however, the emphasis is on religious developments - with major chapters on Vedic, Upanishadic, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Hindu devotional and Islamic traditions (among other topics). In sum, this is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in India. A must have - period!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fay89 on December 11, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is such an excellent source of information, especially since South Asian history always seemed so obscure to me in the past even though I'm Bangladehsi myself and have always been keen to learn about the history of my region.
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By S R Ramanujan on September 21, 2013
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I found it quite useful. What I liked most in the book was its objective approach to Indian traditions rather than stuffing on our throats the prejudices of the Western thought over Indian civilizational values.
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By Diana Stewart on January 28, 2013
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This book is very useful if you are studying India. It isn't always the easiest read as some parts are dry. However, it is very informative.
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