I believe there might be a confusion in the authorship of the book you mentioned. “The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism” is not a work by A. L. Basham. The book you are likely referring to is “The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism” by A. L. Basham.
A. L. Basham (Arthur Llewellyn Basham) was a notable scholar of South Asian studies, particularly Indian history and culture. He wrote extensively on Indian civilization and religions.
“The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism” by A. L. Basham is a significant work that explores the historical and religious development of classical Hinduism. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the Vedic period, the Upanishads, the epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana), the emergence of classical Hindu philosophy, and the evolution of Hindu religious practices.
Basham’s work is known for its scholarly approach and provides a comprehensive overview of the historical and religious developments that shaped classical Hinduism. If you are interested in the history and evolution of Hinduism, this book is a valuable resource.