A New Dictionary of Religions / Edition 2

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This dictionary is a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the book published in 1984 as the Penguin Dictionary of Religions. It has undergone substantial change and considerable expansion, doubling the number of contributors from all parts of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a major expansion of the Penguin Dictionary ofReligions, first published in 1984. Some 1400 articles offercogent definitions often augmented by clear doctrinal or historicaldiscussions. Two particularly useful features are the many crossreferences and the excellent bibliography, categorized by subjectarea, which runs to nearly 100 pages ......Recommended for bothpublic and academic libraries." James F. DeRoche, LibraryJournal

"The strength of the present work is its citation system, whichleads readers to the precise topic they seek, even to page orchapter numbers. Recommended for general readers and forundergraduate and graduate students." Choice

Library Journal
This is a major expansion of the Penguin Dictionary of Religions, first published in 1984. Some 1400 articles offer cogent definitions often augmented by clear doctrinal or historical discussions. Two particularly useful features are the many cross references and the excellent bibliography, categorized by subject area, which runs to nearly 100 pages. Most of the 64 contributors are British. Consequently, there is a bias toward British interests. Black American religion is only minimally discussed, and the 350-year-long American "cult" experience is scanted. This criticism is relatively minor, however, for not everything can be fully treated in such a work. A more serious point: there are numerous articles on Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam, but no contributors from those faith traditions. Thus we view them through a Judaeo-Christian lens. The dictionary provides summary information and points toward fuller research. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631181392
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/1996
  • Edition description: Rev
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Hinnells is Professor of Comparative Religion at London University and head of the Department for the Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Table of Contents



The Dictionary A-Z.



Synoptic Index.

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