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This fully revised and updated second edition includes:
Three new chapters examining the differences and commonalities between the north and south of India;
Extended discussion on contested issues, such as the origins of the Aryans and the role of feudalism in ancient India;
New source excerpts to introduce students to the most significant works in the historiography of India, and questions for discussion;
Study guides, including a list of key issues, suggested readings and a selection of internet sources for each chapter;
Specially designed maps to illustrate different time periods and geographical regions
This richly illustrated guide provides a fascinating account of the early development of Indian culture and civilization that will appeal to all students of Indian history.
The book is structured around six key arenas of interaction between state and religion: cow worship and sacrifice, control of temples and shrines, religious festivals and processions, proselytising and conversion, communal riots, and religious teaching/doctrine and family law. It offers a challenging argument about the role of the state in religious life in a historical continuum, and identifies points of similarity and contrast between periods and regimes. The book makes a significant contribution to the literature on South Asian History and Religion.