Hinduism is one of the world’s most ancient religions, developing over many centuries in India. The term Hinduism derives from the name of the ancient river Sindhu in India. Just like the river, Hinduism is vast, fluid and versatile. There is not just one founder, but thousands throughout the ages who continually refresh the message of spirituality to meet contemporary needs. It has over 828 million adherents which is about 13% of the world’s population.

The resources contained in the list of subjects below are a basic introduction to the facts and beliefs of Hinduism. They are a portal or window into the world the Hindu religion and by following the websites and bibliographies, an enquirer may discover more and more about this faith.

The six units are based on the QCA non-statutory framework for Religious Education and the Areas of Enquiry. They provide not only a comprehensive guide to the factual and belief structures of Hinduism but also address the issues that Hinduism encounters as it engages with the 21st century.

The section was written by Seeta Lakhani.

Seeta Lakhani has a BSc in Anthropology from University College London (2006). She has written two textbooks, one called Hinduism for Schools aimed at GCSE students and the other called Primary Hinduism for Key Stages 1 – 3. She has been teaching Hinduism at GCSE and A Level for the past six and a half years.

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