Chapter 36. Hinduism

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Khyati Y. Joshi Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch36

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Joshi, K. Y. (2010) Hinduism, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • Hinduism;
  • story of Hinduism in America - stretching back more than a century;
  • “Hinduism in America” to an “American Hinduism”;
  • “American Hinduism,” development of Hindu communities in different parts of the US;
  • temples, visible manifestations of Hinduism in America;
  • Indian American population, pan-Indian identity of local organizations - what Williams called “ecumenical Hinduism”;
  • potential social and scholarly schisms - developing and evolving in the years to come;
  • Hindus' status as racial minorities - obscuring religious character and impact of discrimination experiences;
  • seeds of American Hinduism, laying their roots in American soil


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography