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Sharma, Arvind

Works: 172 works in 791 publications in 1 language and 40,061 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BL458, 200.82
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Most widely held works about Arvind Sharma
Most widely held works by Arvind Sharma
Feminism and world religions( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Addressing religion and feminism on a global scale, this unprecedented book contains a nuanced and fine-tuned treatment of seven of the world's religions from a feminist perspective by leading women scholars. The fact that these authors share a dual but undivided commitment both to themselves as women and to their traditions as adherents imparts to their voices a prophetic quality, and if Mahatma Gandhi is to be believed, even scriptural value."--Jacket
Our religions by Harold A Guy( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Her voice, her faith : women speak on world religions( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Key religious women speak frankly about their faith and it's history with women
Classical Hindu thought : an introduction by Arvind Sharma( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hinduism is not only a religious belief, it is also a philosophy based upon certain key concepts. Most of these either originated, or were fully articulated, during the classical period from the fourth century B.C. to the tenth century. In this concise and lucid book, Arvind Sharma introduces contemporary readers to the texts and ideas crystallized during this period and explains their contemporary relevance." "This book is divided into sections dealing with key concepts, such as karma, dharma, maya, moksa and varna; the main gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, Devi, Siva, Brahma, Visnu; and texts such as the Purusarthas and Vedas. It also deals with different systems of yoga: Jnana-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, and Karma-yoga."--Jacket
Religion and women( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses the position of women in the Native American, African, Shinto, Jaina, Zoroastrian, Sikh, and Baha'i faiths for the first time in a single volume, and evolves a conceptual framework within which their positions could be comprehensively considered. The contributing scholars provide an enlarged database for a more thorough discussion of the questions pertaining to women and religion in general, and simultaneously advance the theoretical frontiers in women's studies. Religion and Women belongs to a trilogy about women and world religions edited by Arvind Sharma the first and third volumes being respectively, Women in World Religions and Today's Woman in World Religions
A Hindu perspective on the philosophy of religion by Arvind Sharma( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of religion has been a largely European intellectual enterprise in two ways. It arose in Europe as a discipline and its subject matter has been profoundly influenced by Christianity as practised in Europe. The process of its deprovincialization in this respect started when it began to take religions other than Christianity within its purview - such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Although now the religions of both East and West have found a place in it, a religious tradition which is present in both the East and the West, namely, the primal religious tradition, still remains unrepresented in its discussions, perhaps under the mistaken assumption that this religious tradition has little to offer by way of philosophical reflection. This book challenges this widespread assumption and demonstrates how primal religions have something significant to offer on virtually every theme discussed in the philosophy of religion. Through this book the primal religous tradition stakes its claim for a place at the table. "Despite the absence of written texts, primal religions have an implicit philosophy. They can offer a fresh perspective on controversial philosophical issues. This study shows how materials of primal religious experience can be incorporated in the categories of modern philosophy of religion. Fourteen chapters offer examples varying from concepts of God and revelation to conflicating truth claims and the problem of human destiny. The book contends that the primal perspective can widen and deepen the horizons of philosophy of religion and enhance the philosophical appreciation of religion as a universal phenomenon." Jacobus Waardenburg, University of Lausanne, Switzerland "Arvind Sharma makes a perfect case for a cross-cultural philosophy of religion in which all world religions, especially primal religions, could effectively participate in the dialogue and conversation about the relevant issues in the quest for the transcendent and the sacred. The work ultimately may be a prolegomena to the study of philosophy of religion of many primal religious traditions, because it provokes debate and responses from scholars of these traditions. This book will certainly begin a broader conversation in the cross-cultural philosophy of religion." Jacob Olupona, The University of California, Davis, U.S.A
Methodology in religious studies : the interface with women's studies( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Methodology in Religious Studies assesses the impact of women's studies on the various methods employed in studying religion. Since its inception in the 1860s, the study of religion as an academic discipline has evolved over time, ranging from the classically historical to the boldly hermeneutical. The women's studies movement has, since the 1980s, become part and parcel of the intellectual landscape of our times, and the study of religion has become increasingly influenced by it. What are the implications of this new development for the methodology of religious studies? Leading practitioners of psychological, theological, sociological, anthropological, phenomenological, historical, and hermeneutic approaches examine the mutually enriching interface between religious studies and women's studies, as they explore the broader issue of the interaction between method and the nature of the subject itself."--Jacket
Religious studies and comparative methodology : the case for reciprocal illumination by Arvind Sharma( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hindu narratives on human rights by Arvind Sharma( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hinduism is often perceived as lacking a universalistic element and having a particularistic approach to morality. Through the use of story. however, Hinduism pays elaborate attention to both the particular and the universal dimensions of ethics, offering its followers a rich body of narrative that serves as a catalyst for moral decision making." "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 1,000 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, particularly 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 human rights discourse."--Jacket
The little clay cart; a Hindu drama attributed to King Shudraka: by Śūdraka( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama, on the love of Carudatta, an impoverished merchant, for Vasantasena, a hetaera
Hinduism as a missionary religion by Arvind Sharma( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is Hinduism a missionary religion? Merely posing this question is a novel and provocative act. Popular and scholarly perception, both ancient and modern, puts Hinduism in the non-missionary category. In this intriguing book, Arvind Sharma reopens the question. Examining the historical evidence from the major Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, medieval, and modern periods, Sharma's investigation challenges the categories used in current scholarly discourse and finds them inadequate, emphasizing the need to distinguish between a missionary religion and a proselytizing one. A distinction rarely made, it is nevertheless an illuminating and fruitful one that resonates with insights from the comparative study of religion. Ultimately concluding that Hinduism is a missionary religion, but not a proselytizing one, Sharma's work provides us with insights both about Hinduism and about religion in general. --Book Jacket
Spiritual masters of the world's religions by Victoria Kennick( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Publisher's description
Reservation and affirmative action : models of social integration in India and the United States by Arvind Sharma( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the principles underlining the policies of reservation and affirmative action adopted by two non-homogeneous and multi-ethnic societies - India and the USA. Despite the fact that the governments of both countries have, for over fifty years now, applied these measures to overcome discrimination based on caste and race respectively, the author maintains that there is no comprehensive account of the grounds on which either reservations or affirmative action can be intellectually justified."--Jacket
Sleep as a state of consciousness in Advaita Vedānta by Arvind Sharma( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goddesses and women in the Indic religious tradition( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on: the ascent from the mundane to the transcendent in Tibetan Buddhism; the relationship between women, earth and the Goddess; women and the worship of the Goddess; what happens to ordinary women when their families become God-intoxicated; the position of Sankara on the accessibility of salvation to woman and sudras
The world's religions after September 11( Book )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the very concept of relgion underwent a paradigm shift. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, peace and harmony, the word "religion" also came to be inextricably associated with evil, aggression, and terror. People around the world began to question whether the religious and secular dimensions of modern life can be reconciled, whether the different relgions of the world can ever coexist in harmony. Indeed, the very future of religion itself has sometimes seemed to be uncertain, or at least suspect." --Back cover
Part of the problem, part of the solution : religion today and tomorrow by Arvind Sharma( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows that religion is a force in human affairs that can be harnessed for both good and evil
The annual review of women in world religions by Arvind Sharma( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The annual review of women in world religions( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One religion too many : the religiously comparative reflections of a comparatively religious Hindu by Arvind Sharma( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 firsthand 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 initially 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. --Book Jacket
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Feminism and world religions
Alternative Names
Arvind Sharma.

Arvind Sharma 1940-....

Arvind Sharma Indian theologian

Śarmā, Aravinda

Sharma, Arvind

Sharma, Arvinda 1940-

Sharma, Arwind

Sharma Arwind 1940-....

Sharma, Aurbind 1940-

Шарма, Арвинд

샤르마, 아르빈드 1940-

English (209)

Our religionsHer voice, her faith : women speak on world religionsClassical Hindu thought : an introductionReligion and womenA Hindu perspective on the philosophy of religionMethodology in religious studies : the interface with women's studiesReligious studies and comparative methodology : the case for reciprocal illuminationHindu narratives on human rights