In India, the birthplace of some of the
world's major faiths and home to many more, religion is a way of life, existing as
much in temples, mosques, churches and wayside shrines as it does in social
laws, cultural practices and the political arena.
Bringing this complex and
fascinating subject into easy access through essential facts and figures, clear,
concise definitions and up-to-date information on recent religio-political
developments, The Penguin Dictionary of Religion in India is the first single
volume dictionary to provide a comprehensive account of every major religion
practised in the country today. From somnatha Temple and Babri Masjid to
Golden Temple and Akali Movement; from Shariat and Eucharist to Shabbat and
Nirvana; from Dalai Lama and Adi Shankaracharya to Osho and Art of living- this
meticulously researched work of reference covers a vast range of topics, placing
each faith in its historical context and tracing its evolution from its inception up to
Roshen Dalal was born in Mussoorie in 1952 and
studied in various schools. After a BA (Hons.) in history she completed an M.A.
and PhD in Ancient Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
She has worked on various research projects in History, and has taught for two
years at Jawaharlal Nehru University and for four years at Rishi Valley School in
Andhra Pradesh. Roshen Dalal is the Author of the best-selling two volumes
Puffin History of India for Children. She lives in New Delhi and is working on her
next two books, The Penguin Dictionary of Hinduism and The Penguin Dictionary
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