58. What is the Main Difference between Hinduism and the More Popular Religions in America?

Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

Michael J. Altman [+-]
University of Alabama
Michael J. Altman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama where he researches and teaches course on colonialism, Asian religions in America, and critical theory. He holds a Ph.D. in American Religious Cultures from Emory University, a M.A. in Religion from Duke University, and a B.A. in Religious Studies and English from the College of Charleston.


Hinduism in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to common questions about the practices, ideas, and narratives commonly identified as Hindu. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about Hinduism and its study, such as: How did Hinduism begin? How many gods / goddesses do Hindus worship? Why do some people refer to the Bhagavad Gita as the Hindu Bible? Why do Hindus have to be vegetarian? What is the role of women in Hindu rituals? What do Hindus believe? Why are Untouchables treated differently? Why do Hindus throw colors during Holi? Is yoga Hindu? What makes arranged marriage appealing to Hindus? Do you have to be Indian to be a Hindu? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Altman, Michael. 58. What is the Main Difference between Hinduism and the More Popular Religions in America?. Hinduism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jul 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41726. Date accessed: 15 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41726. Jul 2022

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