The Upaniṣads: A Complete Guide (Hardcover)

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The Upaniṣads are among the most sacred foundational scriptures in the Hindu religion. Composed from 800 BCE onwards and making up part of the larger Vedic corpus, they offer the reader knowledge lessons on life, death, and immortality. While they are essential to understanding Hinduism and Asian religions more generally, their complexities make them almost impenetrable to anyone but serious scholars of Sanskrit and ancient Indian culture.

This book is divided into five parts:

  • Composition, authorship, and transmission of the Upaniṣads;
  • The historical, cultural, and religious background of the Upaniṣads;
  • Religion and philosophy in the Upaniṣads;
  • The classical Upaniṣads;
  • The later Upaniṣads.

The chapters cover critical issues such as the origins of the Upaniṣads, authorship, and redaction, as well as exploring the broad religious and philosophical themes within the texts. The guide analyzes each of the Upaniṣads separately, unpacking their contextual relevance and explaining difficult terms and concepts. The Upaniṣads: A Complete Guide is a unique and valuable reference source for undergraduate religious studies, history, and philosophy students and researchers who want to learn more about these foundational sacred texts and the religious lessons in the Hindu tradition.

About the Author

Signe Cohen is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Missouri, USA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781138795051
ISBN-10: 1138795054
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2017
Pages: 454
Language: English