Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Subject: Asian Studies

Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief), University of Bergen, and Helene Basu, University of Münster, Angelika Malinar, University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida (Associate Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today. The encyclopedia embraces the greatest possible diversity, plurality, and heterogeneity, thus emphasizing that Hinduism encompasses a variety of regional traditions as well as a global world religion. Presenting all essays and research from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format. The service will include all content from the six printed volumes..

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East Africa

(4,637 words)

Author(s): P. Pratap Kumar
South Asian connection with East African coast goes a long way. One point that needs clarification at the outset is that immigration to East Africa has been generally from the South Asian subcontinent. However, these immigrants are broadly referred to as “Asians.” Therefore, in East Africa, the term “Asian” is understood with reference to the people of Indian and Pakistani background as opposed to its much broader reference elsewhere (e.g. in South Africa where it refers to people of Chinese and…


(9,875 words)

Author(s): Lance E. Nelson
While Hindus have rich resources for approaching questions of ecology, any discussion of Hinduism and ecology must begin with awareness that comprehensive notions of the environment as a­ fragile and endangered aspect of existence – as are widely shared today – were not historically part of the tradition. Even less, obviously, was there in traditional India any consciousness of an “environmental crisis” on a global scale. Indeed, none of this was part of any religious tradition until quite recen…