The Intimate Other: Love Divine in Indic Religions

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Item Code: IDE548
Author: Ed. By. Anna S. King and John Brockington
Publisher: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8125028013
Pages: 433
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 6.0"
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The Intimate Other explores the theme of the devotional element in Indic Religions not only in Hinduism in which bhakti has become the dominant form, but also in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam. The essays by scholars of International repute, show the strength of this devotion to the divine as a living and powerful source of value, aesthetic imagination, creativity and well-being. They also analyses the sometimes divergent interests of scholar and devotee, problematising devotion and exposing its historical development as complex, contested and 'political'. Of particular interest are the chapters on the Jain and Buddhist traditions where the existence of devotion has often been doubted or denied. Contributors investigate widely ranging topics: these included an analysis of bhakti within the Sanskrit epics; a text-historical approach to Valmiki; Kabir's authorship of the poems attributed to him; contemporary attitudes to devotion to the Ganga: devotion within a syncretistic Jain movement, in Theravada Buddhism, sub continental Sufi Islam, young Sikhs in Britain and in the shared musical and poetic traditions of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. The volume ends with a sensitive exploration of the devotional love that overpowers death within the Hindu bhakti context. Together they demonstrate vividly just how passionate love for the intimate other penetrates and inspires so many aspects of the religious culture of South Asia.

About the Author:

Anna King is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at University College Winchester and Convenor of the Spalding Symposia on Indian Religions. A social anthropologist by training, she has undertaken extensive research on Hardwar and more recently on the Kumbh Mela.

John Brockington is Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh and Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies. A linguist by training, his research has focused on the Sanskrit epics and he has also written on the history of Hinduism.


Anna S. King
TwoThe Epics in the Bhakti Tradition
John Brockington
ThreeThe Implications of Bhakti for the Story of Valmiki
Julia Leslie
FourRavana, Divali and Spiritual Unity: Three Ramayana Performances in Greater London
Paula Richman
FiveKabir: Do We Sing His Songs or Someone Else's?
Winand M. Callewaert
SixThe Ganga: Waters of Devotion
Anna S. King
SevenPresent Lord: Simandhar Svami and the Akram Vijnan Movement
Peter Flugel
EightDevotion to the Buddha in Theravada and its Role in Meditation
Kate Crosby
NineThe Heart of Islam in the Subcontinent
Ron Geaves
TenYoung British Sikhs and Religious Devotion
Eleanor Nesbitt
ElevenThe Religion of Music
Jameela Siddiqi
TwelveDying the Good Death: The Transfigurative Power of Bhakti
Graham M. Schweig
Notes on Contributors408

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