Encyclopedia of Global Religion


The multi-volume Encyclopedia of Global Religion provides a comprehensive overview of the globalization of religious culture and society around the world in both its historical and contemporary aspects. The encyclopedia includes topics related to the diaspora of cultures and dispersions of peoples; the transitional aspects of religious ideas and practices; the cultural diversity of religious traditions; and the responses of religion?both negative and positive?to multicultural society. The volumes include essays ...

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The multi-volume Encyclopedia of Global Religion provides a comprehensive overview of the globalization of religious culture and society around the world in both its historical and contemporary aspects. The encyclopedia includes topics related to the diaspora of cultures and dispersions of peoples; the transitional aspects of religious ideas and practices; the cultural diversity of religious traditions; and the responses of religion—both negative and positive—to multicultural society. The volumes include essays on the contemporary religious society of every country in the world.

The contributors to the encyclopedia are leading authorities on these topics from around the world. The editors, Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof., are sociologists of religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Juergensmeyer (sociology & religious studies, Univ. of California; Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State) and Roof (religious studies, Univ. of California; Religious Pluralism and Civil Society) gather here contributions from an international set of scholars with expertise in diverse global issues and themes related to religion. The mostly two-page entries, which are cross-referenced and provide further-reading suggestions, are listed alphabetically in Volume 1. The reader's guide that follows lists the pieces according to whether they cover famous figures; concepts and theories; countries, cities, and regions; events and historical topics; influential texts and figures of veneration; movements and organizations; religion in public life; religious traditions and groups; or social issues and global trends. The index to both volumes is at the end of Volume 2. BOTTOM LINE While its coverage is not tremendously in-depth, this set addresses a comprehensive range of topics and issues and will interest those with a desire to further their understanding of global religions and cultures.—Christine Sharbrough, Derry P.L., NH
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Claimed by its editors to offer a more global perspective than other available reference works in this subject area—the most recent competitor would be J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann's Religions of the World (ABC-CLIO, 2010)—this encyclopedia contains nearly 800 alphabetically arranged entries that describe and analyze a broad array of religious beliefs, practices, concepts, movements, controversies, and social issues. Roughly 10 percent of the articles are biographies of religious thinkers (but not founders), and every country—as well as significant cities and regional entities from Lourdes to Los Angeles—has a separate entry. Articles average one to two double column pages in length, with significant variations either way for topics such as "Yarmulke/Kippah" or "Christianity," and nearly all close with multiple cross references and up-to-date further reading. The first volume includes a topical "Readers Guide" to articles; the second ends with a thorough index. Because the 400-plus contributors consistently adhere to an international and anthropological approach, articles on hot-button topics such as "Abortion," "Sexuality," and "McDonaldization" will be particularly valuable as intellectual horizon expanders. Furthermore, six regional articles surveying new religions and entries on such unexpected subjects as "Faith Tourism" and "Japanese Religions in Latin America" will also provide general students of modern social movements with useful insights and information. The massive Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan, 2004) still reigns supreme, but Juergensmeyer's work or the ABC-CLIO title mentioned previously will serve as a solid foundation for academic religious or social-study programs supported by less-well-heeled reference collections.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761927297
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 1528
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 5.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Juergensmeyer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1974) is Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than 200 articles and a dozen books. His Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence is based on interviews with violent religious activists around the world and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. A previous book, The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State covers the rise of religious activism and its confrontation with secular modernity. It was named by the New York Times as one of the notable books of the year. His book on Gandhian conflict resolution has recently been reprinted as Gandhi’s Way and was selected as Community Book of the Year at the University of California, Davis. His most recent work is an edited volume, Global Religions, and he is working on a book on religion and war, and an edited volume on religion in global civil society. Juergensmeyer has received research fellowships from the Wilson Center, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, U.S. Institute of Peace, and American Council of Learned Societies. He is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion and is the 2004 recipient of the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain. Since the events of September 11, 2001, he has been a frequent commentator on televised news media.

Wade Clark Roof holds a Ph D in the sociology and psychology of religion from the University of North Carolina. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at UCSB. His main areas of research interest are sociology of religion and American religious trends, and he has published widely in both fields, most recently serving as editor in chief for Macmillan Reference’s Contemporary American Religion (2000). He also teaches a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses on religion and society.

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