Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief),
University of Bergen, and Helene Basu,
University of Münster, Angelika Malinar,
University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan,
University of Florida (Associate Editors)
Covering the entire breadth of the previous five installments, volume VI of
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is an essential reference guide offering systematized insight into the terminology of this comprehensive work of scholarship.In addition, it presents a dozen articles that are missing from earlier volumes.
The rich general index consists of all terms from the past volumes. Each concept term included in the general index is glossed and identified by language (Sanskrit, the Indic vernaculars, Persian, etc.). Moreover, the general index is divided into some two dozen categories, such as divinities, performance traditions, religious traditions, and poets/teachers/saints (the latter two further separated into pre-19th century and modern).
With an estimated 25,000 entries, this index volume represents a valuable companion to the main-entry essays and an indispensable resource for all who study the history and structure of Hindu traditions.
'it is not an empty claim in the Preface that _the depth and breadth of information provided are unmatched by any reference work on Hinduism_(...) On the whole, the editors and the competent project team at Brill have coped admirably with the challenges, preparing an impressive list of entries, enlisting a competent team of (as many as 155) accomplished scholars, applying a uniform style to the encyclopedia, achieving consistency in the use of diacritics and weaving the diverse contributions into a coherent whole.' Jan Filipský, Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Oriental Archive 81 (2013) 'As a product of in-depth and critical scholarship,
Brill's Encyclopedia of HInduism is unparalleled in its breadth, depth and reliability. As in every scholarly undertaking, especially an interdisciplinary one touching upon Indology, religious studies, history, anthropology, sociology, art history, and other academic disciplines, there is always ample scope for improvement and further research. But suffice it to say that, as of now, together with the last two substantial volumes already in print, the present compendium may be taken as a
dernier cri in critical scholarship, a veritable
jñānavāpi (well of knowledge) for future generations to replenish.' Jan Filipský, Czeck Academy of Sciences,
Archiv Orientální , 84/3 (2016)
All those interested in religions in South Asia, the history of Hindu tradition, as well as Indologists and historians of religions.