Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

22. How Many "Sacred Texts" does Hinduism have?

Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program. His specialty is in contemporary issues surrounding identifications in India, which he addresses in his book Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh (Palgrave 2008), where he analyzes specifically the practices and contested definitions of communities identified as Sindhi Hindus. He has extended this analysis to reflect on issues in the academic and public discourse surrounding the category religion and issues of identifications in the United States and other contexts.


People organize and count texts associated with Hinduism in various ways. This essay describes some of these sets of texts and addresses debates over what texts count as “sacred” and which groups can be counted as a single text or multiple texts.

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Ramey, Steven. 22. How Many "Sacred Texts" does Hinduism have?. Hinduism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 75-77 Aug 2022. ISBN 9781800502406. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41689. Date accessed: 30 Sep 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41689. Aug 2022

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