Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk

Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk

by Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Desmond Tutu, John Esposito, Mpho Tutu
     
 

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From its introduction by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu to the epilogue by the Dalai Lama, Geography of Religion encourages new understanding of the world's great religions and of their evolution from ancient roots to vital roles in modern life. With a text as fascinating as it is authoritative; vivid photographs that evoke the reverence, rituals, and rewards of

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From its introduction by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu to the epilogue by the Dalai Lama, Geography of Religion encourages new understanding of the world's great religions and of their evolution from ancient roots to vital roles in modern life. With a text as fascinating as it is authoritative; vivid photographs that evoke the reverence, rituals, and rewards of each spiritual tradition; and a rich variety of essays, sidebars, and maps, this magnificent book charts the many paths that guide us to God.

Chapters on each of the 5 major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—explore the landscapes and cultures where they took hold and flourished. Eminent scholars share the faiths they live and study, revealing their sacred scriptures and rites. Every page offers new insights into religious history and doctrine, along with stunning images of believers at prayer, the holy places they cherish, and their houses of worship—from soaring cathedrals and magnificent mosques to humble shrines infused with a blessed simplicity.

Fittingly, each chapter closes with a photo-essay on pilgrims and their devotional journeys—a wonderful visual reminder that no matter which faith we may embrace, we are all fellow travelers in our search for the truth.

"The 200 photographs demonstrating the diversity of architecture, people, and terrain, are stunning in their beauty and simplicity." —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though replete with the gorgeous photographs for which National Geographic is known, this book boasts no more than a literal handful of maps-five, to be exact-which seems odd for a book on geography. The authors of the foreword (Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu) and of the epilogue (His Holiness the Dalai Lama) admirably echo each other in their beliefs that understanding begets tolerance, which in turn begets harmony. Disappointingly, the editors seem too unsure of their audience to foster a sustained understanding of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Too text-heavy for the coffee table and too academic for the general reader, the dense narrative smothers the rich histories of these religions. Sidebars illustrating the particular practice of each faith provide some interesting insights, though at times these reveal more about their authors than the faith itself. A Hindu professor shares his memory of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and a Muslim-American professor laments her failure to impress upon her students the nuances of life as a woman in a Muslim country. Other sidebars-highlighting selected sacred scriptures and describing daily practice-easily compare faiths. The 200 photographs demonstrating the diversity of architecture, people and terrain, are stunning in their beauty and simplicity. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This work offers explorations of each major world religion-Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-by a practitioner of the faith. Editors Hitchcock (Mad Mary Lamb) and Esposito (The Oxford History of Islam) bring together academics (e.g., Robert Wilken, history of Christianity, Univ. of Virginia) and religious leaders (e.g., Lobsang Dechen, codirector, Tibetan Nuns Project) in a rich mix. After examining the origins of a faith with reference to its homeland, each essay traces doctrinal development across time and place, with coverage of the conflicts and schisms that have rent each faith into sects. The essays run an average of 65 pages, many of which are taken up by magnificent color photographs. The opening and closing essays (by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter the Rev. Mpho Tutu and by the Dalai Lama, respectively) indicate that the work is intended for a more mainstream audience. Recommended for all public libraries.-Christopher Brennan, State Univ. Coll. at Brockport Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792273134
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Ph.D. is the author of seven books and is currently at work on an eighth. A longtime student of religion, her doctoral dissertation explored the life and poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley through modern theories of the psychology of religion. She lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

John L. Esposito, is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, and of Islamic Studies, at Georgetown University. His more than 25 books include World Religions Today, What Everyone Should Know about Islam: Questions and Answers, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, and The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? He is also Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World.

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