History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms [NOOK Book]

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This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume A History of Religious Ideas. Eliade examines the movement of Jewish thought out of ancient Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean area and Europe, and the rise and diffusion of Islam from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries. Eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a synthesis that is unparalleled. In addition to reviewing recent interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the ...
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History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms

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Overview

This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume A History of Religious Ideas. Eliade examines the movement of Jewish thought out of ancient Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean area and Europe, and the rise and diffusion of Islam from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries. Eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a synthesis that is unparalleled. In addition to reviewing recent interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the interactions of the three religions and shows their continuing mutual influence to be subtle but unmistakable.

As in his previous work, Eliade pays particular attention to heresies, folk beliefs, and cults of secret wisdom, such as alchemy and sorcery, and continues the discussion, begun in earlier volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These subcultures, he maintains, are as important as the better-known orthodoxies to a full understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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This third volume by the preeminent historian of religions, who died in April 1986, concludes his masterly survey of the field. The arrangement of the volumes is roughly chronological. This volume examines the later developments of Jewish thought, the spread of Christianity, and the rise and diffusion of Islam. Like the other two volumes, it reflects the author's interest in folk beliefs, heresies, and cults of secret wisdom. It concludes with a long and extremely useful bibliographical analysis, ``Present Position of Studies.'' As the crowning achievement to an unparalleled scholarly career this series of books represents a valuable synthesis for specialists and generalists alike. Paul E. Muller-Ortega, Religious Studies Dept., Michigan State Univ., East Lansing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226147727
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 367
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

31. The Religions of Ancient Eurasia: Turko-Mongols, Finno-Ugrians, Balto-Slavs
32. The Christian Churches up to the Iconoclastic Crisis (Eigth to Ninth Centuries)
33. Muhammad and the Unfolding of Islam
34. Western Catholicism from Charlemagne to Joachim of Floris
35. Muslim Theologies and Mystical Traditions
36. Judaism from the Bar Kokhba Revolt to Hasidism
37. Religious Movements in Europe: From the Late Middle Ages to the Eve of the Reformation
38. Religion, Magic, and Hermetic Traditions before and after the Reformation
39. Tibetan Religions
List of Abbreviations
Present Position of Studies: Problems and Progress. Critical Bibliographies
Index
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