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Why Buddhism Is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback, UK Edition): Robert Wright Why Buddhism Is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback, UK Edition)
Robert Wright 2
R283 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R79 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From one of America's most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer-and the reason we make other people suffer-is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this "sublime" (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life-how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is "provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding" (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

The Voice of the Heart - A Call to Full Living (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Chip Dodd The Voice of the Heart - A Call to Full Living (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Chip Dodd
R323 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R62 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Repairing Your Christian Marriage - Faith-Based Strategies to Rebuild Your Relationship (Paperback): Patrice Webb Bush Repairing Your Christian Marriage - Faith-Based Strategies to Rebuild Your Relationship (Paperback)
Patrice Webb Bush
R289 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R53 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Marked for Life - A Prison Chaplain's Story (Paperback): Nancy Hastings Sehested Marked for Life - A Prison Chaplain's Story (Paperback)
Nancy Hastings Sehested
R434 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Subverting Hatred - The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions (Paperback, Anniversary edition): Daniel L.... Subverting Hatred - The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions (Paperback, Anniversary edition)
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
R515 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R103 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Religious rivalries have been at the root of many human conflicts throughout history. Representatives of nine world religions offer insights into the teachings of nonviolence within their tradition, how practice has often fallen short of the ideals, and how they can overcome the contagion of hatred through a return to traditional teachings on nonviolence. Included are a new Foreword and Preface, a new Introduction by Daniel Smith-Christopher, two new chapters on Islam and the indigenous religion of the Maori, and a new Epilogue. In addition, study questions have been added to each chapter.

Women, Religion, and Space - Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith (Paperback): Karen Morin Women, Religion, and Space - Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith (Paperback)
Karen Morin
R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Contributors to this volume study women who practice or interact with the gender norms and spaces of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The book focuses on questions of how and why religious and secular authorities seek to regulate women's mobility and access to particular spaces, and how religious women negotiate their agency and mobility within traditional institutions. The chapters are grouped under three sections: ""Women and Colonial Regimes,"" ""Religion and Women's Mobility,"" and ""New Spaces for Religious Women."" Secular, critical, and comparative viewpoints are explored, with much of the scholarship steeped in fieldwork; i.e., an orthodox district in Jerusalem, a shopping mall in Istanbul, women travelers in Pakistan, and Korean immigrant women in Los Angeles. Contributors broaden notions of space to include architecture, national borders, external and internal boundaries, and assorted identifying markers such as race and clothing and their associated mobilities. Multicultural and global in scope, this work makes a significant, groundbreaking contribution to the fields of geography, women's studies, and religious studies.

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Raymond Brady Williams An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Raymond Brady Williams
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.

Learning Lessons From Waco - When Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Paperback, lst ed): Jayne Seminare Docherty Learning Lessons From Waco - When Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Paperback, lst ed)
Jayne Seminare Docherty
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This intensive case study derives lessons for negotiation theory, research, and practice from the Waco disaster. The siege at Waco simply refuses to disappear. Recently uncovered evidence, an ongoing civil suit, and the Danforth investigation fuel public interest and controversy. Heated debates about ""what really happened in Waco"" are a recurring public drama. Yet, little or no attention has been given to the work of the negotiator who talked with the Branch Davidians. This important book utilizes largely unexplored sources of data to explain why fifty-one days of negotiations by federal officials failed to get Branch Davidians to exit the compound, as desired. Learning Lessons from Waco applies a theory of worldview conflict to the more than 12,000 pages of negotiation transcripts from Waco. Through perceptive analysis of the situation, Jayne Seminare Docherty offers a fresh perspective on the activities of law enforcement agents. She shows how the Waco conflict resulted from a collision of two distinct worldviews - the FBI's and the Davidians' - and their divergent notions of reality. By exploring the failures of the negotiations, she also urges a better understanding of encounters between rising religious movements and dominant social institutions. Finally, the resulting model is applicable to other conflict resolution processes such as mediation and facilitated problem solving.

Engaged Spirituality - Social Change and American Religion (Paperback): Gregory C. Stanczak Engaged Spirituality - Social Change and American Religion (Paperback)
Gregory C. Stanczak
R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years, the United States has been characterized not only as a highly religious nation, but as one undergoing a resurgence of spirituality. There is much discussion in both the media and academe about what this means. ""Religion"" is usually understood to be social, collective, and institutionally-based. ""Spirituality,"" on the other hand, is considered as an emotional and individual practice that borrows from a variety of religious traditions to create a unique devotional system. While scholars have long recognized the importance that religion and religious organizations have played in social activism, they have typically seen spirituality as a private matter with few practical implications. In ""Engaged Spirituality"", Gregory C. Stanczak challenges this assumption, arguing that spirituality plays an important role in the making of activists and has the potential for changing the social order. As an integral aspect of everyday life, spirituality is a feeling, an experience, a relationship, and a connection of intimate practices that, much like other feelings or relationships in our lives, takes on the texture and color of what is going on around us. While some are more familiar with the concept of spirituality as an alternative means of self-discovery, there are just as many individuals for whom it serves as a driving force to address the injustices they find in their communities and beyond. Based on over one hundred interviews with individuals of diverse faith traditions, the book shows how prayer, meditation, and ritual provide foundations for activism. Among the stories, a Buddhist monk in Los Angeles intimately describes the physical sensations of strength and compassion that sweep her body when she recites the Buddha's name in times of selfless service, and a Protestant reverend explains how the calm serenity that she feels during retreats allows her to direct her multiservice agency in San Francisco to creative successes that were previously unimaginable. In an age when Madonna studies Kabbalah, Methodists create home altars with Kwan Yin statues, and the internet is bringing Buddhism to the white middle-class, it is clear that formal religious belonging is no longer enough. Stanczak's critical examination of spirituality provides us with a way of discussing the factors that impel individuals into social activism and forces us to rethink the question of how ""religion"" and ""spirituality"" might be defined.

Good Sex - Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (Paperback): Patricia Beattie Jung Good Sex - Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (Paperback)
Patricia Beattie Jung
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Good Sex is a pioneering effort to create an interreligious dialogue specifically on sexuality. . . . It] is the realization of efforts by concerned feminists to talk across national and religious borders in the name of social justice."-VOLUNTUS, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations "This collection of essays is a useful addition to contemporary post-colonial, post-Beijing women's studies courses that seek to integrate a plurality of cultural and religious perspectives into the discourse on women's sexuality. . . . The volume is very helpful in communicating a sense of the history or feminist discourse and the effects of globalization on that discourse. . . . And everyone smiles when they hear the title of the book."-Journal of Contemporary Religion "This groundbreaking collection of 11 articles by women from eight countries and seven religious traditions challenges male-defined ideas of sexuality that have constricted women by denying them pleasure and autonomous agency and threatening their well-being and, sometimes, lives. . . . While the contributors do not always agree, they do recognize the importance of global and interdisciplinary perspectives and affirm the tension women experience when they work for change from within a repressive tradition. Recommended." -Library Journal "The collection as a whole makes both an explicit and implicit case for culture, and not religion, being the primary source of undertandings of sex as solely for reproduction, and illustrates religions that have always recognized other purposes (Judaism, Islam) as well as religions which have come to recognize other purposes (Christianity). . . . A very useful collection in terms of both the data is provides and its methodological reflection."-Conscience "At this most timely moment in history, Good Sex] presents diverse and supremely intelligent perspectives on the systematic terrorizing of women through sexual slavery, marital rape, domestic violence, and rules of behavior designed to numb mind, body, and spirit. . . . At the same time, the major message of the book is one of optimism. It offers eloquent language for redefining sexual pleasure beyond immediate, goal-oriented gratification and for discussing ethical principles that locate sex at the center of public policy, not only in the bedroom or the family law courts. . . . Good Sex] contains insightful arguments for sexual justice, inviting us to rethink and expand our stock definitions of what constitutes good sex, or even sex itself, and to reevaluate the contexts in which such redefined sex can be enjoyed. This collection of essays deserves to be on the shelf of every library on the planet as well as standard issue in women's study courses and all courses dealing with sexuality, spirituality, and religion."-The Journal of Sex Research "Good Sex is a rare gem. It opens doors of inquiry into feminism, religion, and sexuality-exploring terrain that is vital to the human rights of women and men. It invites passionate debate and will no doubt become a classic."-Charlotte Bunch, executive director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University What is "good sex" in the globalized world of the twenty-first century? This volume brings together essays by feminist scholars from different religions and cultures to consider how women are redefining sexuality for the common good. The essays explore sexual and social restrictions on women; religiously and socially acceptable avenues of sexual expression; constructions of sexual identities; and attitudes toward women's sexual desires. How is sexual desire constructed within specific cultural and religious contexts? What sacrifices must women make (and how do they make them) simply to have sexual lives? What options and strategies are available to women to dissolve the many restrictions imposed on their sexuality? These are some of the questions being explored.

The Needs of the Heart (Paperback): Chip Dodd The Needs of the Heart (Paperback)
Chip Dodd
R239 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R47 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How People Grow: Workbook - What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth (Paperback): Henry Cloud, John Townsend How People Grow: Workbook - What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth (Paperback)
Henry Cloud, John Townsend
R277 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R59 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

You ve heard lots of biblical answers, but the question remains . . . How Do You Grow? Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts to build ourselves up spiritually. What does growth look like---and how can we grow? Unpacking the practical and passionate theology that forms the backbone of their counseling, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and how growth happens. You ll discover .What the essential processes are that make people grow .How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology .How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same .What the specific tasks and tips are that will help pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing---and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth Shining focused light on the great doctrines and themes of Christianity, How People Grow shows why all personal growth is spiritual growth. Designed for use with How People Grow, the How People Grow Workbook will help you translate biblical principles into a practical path of growth in all the vital areas of your life---your relationship with God, your marriage and family life, your friendships, your sticking points, your personal development, and everything that life is about. Suitable for personal or small group use, this fascinating, hands-on volume is filled with true-life examples, questions for reflection or discussion, Tips for Growers, and probing insights that can help you experience the kind of change and growth you ve longed for---and that Jesus has promised."

When Anxiety Strikes - Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm (Paperback): Jason Hobbs, Dena Hobbs When Anxiety Strikes - Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm (Paperback)
Jason Hobbs, Dena Hobbs
R384 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R72 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Caring for People God's Way - Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma (Paperback): Tim Clinton,... Caring for People God's Way - Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma (Paperback)
Tim Clinton, Archibald Hart, George Ohlschlager
R482 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R107 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Caring for People God's Way" presents Christian counseling in a systematic, step-by-step manner that outlines the process as practically as possible. It then applies the process to the most common issues faced by Christian counselors: personal and emotional issues, trauma, grief, loss, and suicide.

Coronavirus and Christ (Paperback): John Piper Coronavirus and Christ (Paperback)
John Piper
R154 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R20 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Science of Virtue - Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church (Paperback): Mark R McMinn The Science of Virtue - Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church (Paperback)
Mark R McMinn
R310 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R55 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Christianity Today Book Award Winner Outreach Recommended Resource of the Year (Counseling and Relationships) The church and science have drifted apart over the past century. Today the church is often deemed irrelevant by those who trust science, and science is often deemed irrelevant by those whose primary loyalties are to the church. However, this book shows that the new science of virtue--the field of positive psychology--can serve as a bridge point between science and the church and can help renew meaningful conversation. In essence, positive psychology examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Mark McMinn clarifies how positive psychology can complement Christian faith and promote happiness and personal flourishing. In addition, he shows how the church can help strengthen positive psychology. McMinn brings the church's experience and wisdom on six virtues--humility, forgiveness, gratitude, grace, hope, and wisdom--into conversation with intriguing scientific findings from positive psychology. Each chapter includes a section addressing Christian counselors who seek to promote happiness and fulfillment in others.

Masterpiece (Paperback): Ken Nichols Masterpiece (Paperback)
Ken Nichols
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy - Perceptive, Intentional, and Effective Caring (Paperback): Brent Peery Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy - Perceptive, Intentional, and Effective Caring (Paperback)
Brent Peery
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy (OOC) is a method of chaplaincy care that emphasizes achieving, describing, measuring, and improving the outcomes that result from a chaplain's work, alongside the parallel framework of evidence-based healthcare. This book examines the underlying principles of OOC and incorporates first-hand accounts of chaplains who have made a measured difference to patients and their families. Brent Peery draws on more than fifteen years of experience within the field of Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy, exploring its evolution and history within the complex culture of healthcare, and how its underlying principles of assessments, interventions, outcomes and documentation are most effectively put into practice. This practical guide will benefit chaplains interested in the approach of OOC, and identify a framework for providing the best spiritual care for those facing life's most difficult moments.

Teaching Mark - From Text to Message (Paperback): Robin Sydserff Teaching Mark - From Text to Message (Paperback)
Robin Sydserff
R303 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R47 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The gospel of Mark is a regular staple in most churches. People gravitate towards it because of its brevity, action-packed nature and familiar content. However, we must be careful that familiarity and assumption doesn't blind us to the great depth, priceless treasure and awe-filled wonder there are within its pages. This gospel is all about The King, his cross and his word. This volume, Teaching Mark, will be a great guide for you as you read, study and teach the gospel of Mark. It will help you keep Mark's big purpose in view and help you see what is really there. Teaching Mark is a great addition to the growing 'Teaching the Bible' series. Robin will be a terrific guide as your enjoy the privilege of teaching or preaching this amazing book. Whether you are a small group leader, preacher, your worker or someone who simply wants help with the personal Bible study, this book will be an invaluable help as you seek to comprehend and communicate the message of Mark.

Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability (Paperback): William Gaventa Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability (Paperback)
William Gaventa
R1,238 Discovery Miles 12 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A re-examination of Jewish scripture and teachings about disabilities Few people are untouched by the issue of disability, whether personally or through a friend or relative. Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability shares moving insights from around the world and across the broad spectrum of Judaism on how and why the Jewish community is incomplete without the presence and participation of the disabled. Authors representing each of the three main movements of Judaism Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform examine theology, scripture, ethics, practical theology, religious education, and personal experience to understand and apply the lessons and wisdom of the past to issues of the present. Authors from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia reflect on their theological understandings of specific disabilities and on disability as a whole. Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability re-examines tradition, teachings, and beliefs to shatter stereotypes of Judaism and common interpretations of scripture. This unique book addresses several disabilities (blindness, deafness, intellectual disabilities, autism, learning disabilities), and a wide range of topics, including human rights and disabilities, Jewish laws concerning niddah, misconceptions about disabilities in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish community programs to include people with disabilities, and the need to educate American Jews about Jewish genetic diseases. Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability examines: three methods that allow Jews who are blind to participate in the Torah service the spiritual needs of people with learning disabilities the attitude of Jewish Law toward marriage and parenthood on people with intellectual disabilities how the rabbis of the Mishnah incorporated Greco-Roman beliefs about the connections between hearing, speech, and intelligence into Jewish law a sampling of opinions issued on matters concerning disabilities by the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis how the Jewish sages have made participation by people with disabilities possible and much more Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability also includes reviews of Judaism and Disability: Portrayals in Ancient Texts from the Tanach through the Bavil and Disability in Jewish Law, as well as comprehensive resource collections. This book is an essential read for clergy and lay leaders involved in the support of people with disabilities, for the families of people with disabilities, and for anyone working with the disabled.

Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling - An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors (Paperback): Robert W. PhD Kellemen Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling - An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors (Paperback)
Robert W. PhD Kellemen; Foreword by Jeremy Pierre
R583 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R105 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pastors and counselors regularly minister to people whose marriages or families are in crisis. Tempers run high and feelings are brought low when a marriage is hurting or a family is in disarray. Pastors and counselors need practical, biblical help in order to connect their theological training to the reality of modern messy relationships. These how-to training manuals provide relevant, user-friendly equipping for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, educators, and students, enabling them to competently and compassionately relate God's Word to marriage and family life.

Religion and Violence in a Secular World - Toward a New Political Theology (Paperback): Clayton Crockett Religion and Violence in a Secular World - Toward a New Political Theology (Paperback)
Clayton Crockett
R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How are we to think about religion and violence in the contemporary world, especially in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001? In this collection of essays, nearly a dozen scholars, including some of the leading voices in the field of academic religious thought, offer a theoretical and theological response to the 9/11 attacks as well as a broader and more interdisciplinary reflection on the issues surrounding religion and violence, politics and terrorism, in the world today. Drawing on Continental philosophy as a methodology, the contributors provide insights from and implications for the Western monotheistic traditions of Judaism and Christianity and their engagement with the secular world. Here, religion and secularity are understood not in opposition to one another but rather in interrelationship, religion being seen as both implicated in and providing resources for the overcoming of violence. Raising questions that are timely as well as urgent, Religion and Violence in a Secular World eschews easy solutions in an effort to foster critical and constructive attempts to understand these complex and ambivalent phenomena.

Contributors: John D. Caputo (Syracuse Universty) * Clayton Crockett (University of Central Arkansas) * James J. DiCenso (University of Toronto) * Martin Kavka (Florida State University) * Richard Kearney (Boston College) * Eleanor Pontoriero (University of Toronto) * B. Keith Putt (Samford University) * Carl A. Raschke (University of Denver) * Jeffrey W. Robbins (Lebanon Valley College) * Noelle Vahanian (Lebanon Valley College) * Edith Wyschogrod (Rice University)

Gospel-Centered Family Counseling - An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors (Paperback): Robert W. PhD Kellemen Gospel-Centered Family Counseling - An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors (Paperback)
Robert W. PhD Kellemen; Foreword by Deepak Reju
R583 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R105 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pastors and counselors regularly minister to people whose marriages or families are in crisis. Tempers run high and feelings are brought low when a marriage is hurting or a family is in disarray. Pastors and counselors need practical, biblical help in order to connect their theological training to the reality of modern messy relationships. These how-to training manuals provide relevant, user-friendly equipping for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, educators, and students, enabling them to competently and compassionately relate God's Word to marriage and family life.

Gentle and Lowly - The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Hardcover): Dane C Ortlund Gentle and Lowly - The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Hardcover)
Dane C Ortlund
R409 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition): Raymond Brady Williams An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
Raymond Brady Williams
R1,807 Discovery Miles 18 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.

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