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Secularization and the World Religions$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311871

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315671

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Hinduism

Hinduism

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(p.122) 5 Hinduism
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Secularization and the World Religions
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Heinrich Von Stietencron

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315671.007

Hinduism as the third largest contemporary religion and comprises a whole number of different religions, which coexist peacefully. There are four dominant religions that arose within Hinduism: Vishnuism, Shivaism, Shāktism, and Vedānta. In this chapter, the social teachings of Hinduism are examined. It describes the notions of world and human being laid down in the holy texts called the Vedas. The chapter then discusses the politicization of religion and the attempts to homogenize the state and society in India.

Keywords:   Hinduism, Vishnuism, Shivaism, Shāktism, Vedānta, social teachings, Vedas, religion, state, society

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