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Flood, Gavin D. 1954-

Works: 73 works in 303 publications in 5 languages and 9,609 library holdings
Genres: Sacred works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comparative studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Sacred books  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: BL1202, 294.5
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gavin D Flood
The Blackwell companion to Hinduism by Gavin D Flood( )

41 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting the most recent scholarly thinking about Hinduism in an accessible way, this volume is divided into four sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, systematic thought and Hindu society and politics
Beyond phenomenology : rethinking the study of religion by Gavin D Flood( )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book argues that the understanding and explanation of religion is always historically contingent. Grounded in the work of Bakhtin and Ricoeur, Flood positions the academic study of religion within contemporary debates in the social sciences and humanities concerning modernity and postmodernity, particularly contested issues regarding truth and knowledge. It challenges the view that religions are privileged, epistemic objects, argues for the importance of metatheory, and presents an argument for the dialogical nature of inquiry. The study of religion should begin with language and culture
An introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D Flood( Book )

50 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Beginning with the question 'What is Hinduism?', Dr Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism is discussed. Particular emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India. An introduction to Hinduism examines the ideas of dharma, particularly in relation to the ideology of kingship, caste and world renunciation. Dr Flood also introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship about the nature of Hinduism. His book is suitable both for the beginning student and for the general reader, and as such will be an ideal starting point, and an indispensable companion, for anybody interested in learning more about a religious tradition of major and continuing significance."--Jacket
The ascetic self : subjectivity, memory, and tradition by Gavin D Flood( )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gavin Flood argues that asceticism can be understood as the internalisation of tradition, the shaping of the narrative of a life in accordance with the narrative of tradition that might be seen as the perfomance of the memory of tradition
The tantric body : the secret tradition of Hindu religion by Gavin D Flood( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing a complete understanding of tantra's mysteries, Gavin Flood argues that within tantra the body is more than just a sexual entity, it is a vehicle for the spirituality that is fundamental to people's minds
The Bhagavad Gita : a new translation by Charles Martin( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord, is an ancient Hindu scripture about virtue presented as a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of God, and the warrior Arjuna on the eve of a great battle over succession to the throne. Their discourse takes place on a field between two armies of warring cousins. Arjuna, realizing that if he fights, he will be forced to kill his friends, relatives, and teachers, casts down his bow and arrow and refuses to engage in combat. The Gita unfolds as a discussion of Arjuna's moral dilemma, with Krishna as the wise interlocutor explaining to Arjuna that he must overcome his instinctual revulsion and convincing him that he must attend to his duties as a warrior, while Krishna reveals himself as an incarnation of God in human form. This poem, written in Sanskrit is composed of 700 numbered stanzas, divided into 18 chapters. It deals with common human issues such as how we should act, how we should perform virtue, and it's universal themes of life and death, war and peace and sacrifice resonate in a West increasingly interested in Eastern religious experience and the Hindu diaspora."--Publisher's website
The truth within : a history of inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism by Gavin D Flood( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea that there is a truth within the person linked to the discovery of a deeper, more fundamental, more authentic self, has been a common theme in many religions throughout history and an idea that is still with us today. This inwardness or interiority unique to me as an essential feature of who I am has been an aspect of culture and even a defining characteristic of human being; an authentic, private sphere to which we can retreat that is beyond the conflicts of the outer world. This inner world becomes more real than the outer, which is seen as but a pale reflection. Remarkably, the image of the truth within is found across cultures and this book presents an account of this idea in the pre-modern history of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Furthermore, in theistic religions, Christianity and some forms of Hinduism, the truth within is conflated with the idea of God within and in all cases this inner truth is thought to be not only the heart of the person, but also the heart of the universe itself. Gavin Flood examines the metaphor of inwardness and the idea of truth within, along with the methods developed in religions to attain it such as prayer and meditation. These views of inwardness that link the self to cosmology can be contrasted with a modern understanding of the person. In examining the truth within in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, Flood offers a hermeneutical phenomenology of inwardness and a defence of comparative religion."--book jacket
The importance of religion : meaning and action in our strange world by Gavin D Flood( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work reveals the significance of religion in modern times, showing how it provides people with meaning to their lives and helps guide them in their everyday moral choices. The book provides readers with a new understanding of religion, demonstrating how in its actions, texts and world views religion is enduring and engages with the mystery of the world. It offers arguments about the relationship of religion to science, art and politics
Religion and the philosophy of life by Gavin D Flood( )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Religion and the Philosophy of Life considers how religion as the source of civilization transforms the fundamental bio-sociology of humans through language and the somatic exploration of religious ritual and prayer. Gavin Flood offers an integrative account of the nature of the human, based on what contemporary scientists tell us, especially evolutionary science and social neuroscience, as well as through the history of civilizations. Part one contemplates fundamental questions and assumptions: what the current state of knowledge is concerning life itself; what the philosophical issues are in that understanding; and how we can explain religion as the driving force of civilizations in the context of human development within an evolutionary perspective. It also addresses the question of the emergence of religion and presents a related study of sacrifice as fundamental to religions' views about life and its transformation. Part two offers a reading of religions in three civilizational blocks-India, China, and Europe/the Middle East-particularly as they came to formation in the medieval period. It traces the history of how these civilizations have thematised the idea of life itself. Part three then takes up the idea of a life force in part three and traces the theme of the philosophy of life through to modern times. On the one hand, the book presents a narrative account of life itself through the history of civilizations, and on the other presents an explanation of that narrative in terms of life.""--
The Continuum companion to Hindu studies( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies €offers the definitive guide to Hinduism and study in this area. The book covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research.€Specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and, valuably, €how the various topics intersect through detailed reading paths. Featuring a series of indispensible resear
Body and cosmology in Kashmir Śaivism by Gavin D Flood( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mapping invisible worlds( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El hinduismo by Gavin D Flood( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Este libro proporciona una sucinta introducción al hinduismo, tanto en su vertiente cultural como histórica. Partiendo de la pregunta "¿qué es el hinduismo?", el autor, reconocido especialista mundial en la materia, analiza el desarrollo de las tradiciones hindúes desde sus remotos orígenes hasta el actual mundo moderno, estudiando sus mayores deidades: Visnu, Siva y la Diosa. Flood presta especial atención a las tradiciones tántricas -que han sido muy influyentes en la historia del hinduismo-, al ritual hindú -de enorme importancia en la vida de la religión- y a las influencias dravídicas de la India meridional, examinando, también, las ideas de dharma, particularmente en relación con la idea de realeza, casta y renuncia al mundo. Estudia el hinduismo tanto como religión mundial como forma de nacionalismo, introduciendo grandes temas de debate de la investigación contemporánea, relativos a la propia naturaleza del hinduismo. Se trata de un libro idóneo tanto para el estudiante universitario como para el lector culto en general, y constituye un punto de partida ideal y una guía indispensable para todos los interesados en ahondar en la comprensión de una tradición religiosa de importancia fundamental en el mundo actual
L'induismo : temi, tradizioni, prospettive by Gavin D Flood( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Roman festival of the Lupercalia : history, myth, ritual and its Indo-European heritage by Krešimir Vuković( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness embodied : a study in the monistic Saivism of Kashmir by Gavin D Flood( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blackwell companion to Hinduism( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most recent scholarly thinking about Hinduism in an accessible way. It provides at forum for the best scholars in the world to make their views and research available to a wider audience. While comprehensively covering the textual traditions of Hinduism, the volume also includes material on Hindu fold religions and stresses the importance of region in analyzing Hinduism. In doing so, it reflects the current move away from essentialist understandings of Hinduism and towards traditionally and regionally specific studies
Conceptions of the afterlife in early civilizations : universalism, constructivism, and near-death experience by Gregory Shushan( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wisdom and knowledge (Jñāna/Vidyā) by Gavin D Flood( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blackwell companion to Hinduism( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Beyond phenomenology : rethinking the study of religionAn introduction to HinduismThe ascetic self : subjectivity, memory, and traditionThe tantric body : the secret tradition of Hindu religionBody and cosmology in Kashmir ŚaivismThe Blackwell companion to HinduismWisdom and knowledge (Jñāna/Vidyā)The Blackwell companion to Hinduism
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Флад, Гэвин

غافين فلوود

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플러드, 가빈 1954-

플러드, 가빈 D. 1954-

플러드, 가빈 데니스 1954-

플루드, 개빈 1954-


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