Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations / Edition 1

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This comprehensive guide offers an unrivalled introduction to recent work in the study of religion, from the religious traditions of Asia and the West, to new forms of religion and spirituality such as New Age.
With an historical introduction to each religion and detailed analysis of its place in the modern world, Religions in the Modern World is ideal for newcomers to the study of religion. It incorporates case-studies and anecdotes, text extracts, chapter menus and end-of-chapter summaries, glossaries and annotated further reading sections. Topics covered include:
* religion, colonialism and postcolonialism
* religious nationalism
* women and religion
* religion and globalization
* religion and authority
* the rise of new spiritualities.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The book has a number of distinguished writers, and is a splendid achievement ... Warmly recommended.' - Epworth Review

'... a refreshing and innovative approach that stimulates the subject and identifies its relevance to contemporary life and world affairs ... This is an important work that should have a significant effect on debates as to how we go about studying religion and why it is worth studying.' - Journal of Beliefs and Values

'... this book is an excellent addition to the range of volumes available for introducing students to the world's religions. It overcomes many of the now questionable assumptions of existing texts in the area and can profitably be adopted to replace them.' - Journal of Contemporary Religion

'The book has a number of distinguished writers, and is a splendid achievement ... Warmly recommended.' - Martin Forward

Charles E. Winquist
An excellent introduction to the study of world religions... The student is introduced to the meaning of religion in the modern and postmodern context.
Bill Parsons
Essential reading for anyone who wishes to be up-to-date with major religious traditions in the modern era .
Brian Wilson
Combines the results of the latest sociological and phenomenological methods from noted scholars and takes seriously the impact of modernity and globalization on religion.... It will be used profitably in introductory courses on world religions but also by students and scholars looking for new directions in comparative religion. This is indeed a textbook for the 21st century.
Irving Hexham
At last an introduction to Religious Studies that is not a clone of 1960s textbooks. Finally we have something written for the 21st century.
Library Journal
The editors, all from the religious studies department of Lancaster University, have created an excellent textbook on contemporary religions and spiritualities. Although designed for undergraduate students, the work contains newly synthesized material that will interest both advanced students and the reading public. The text explores the engagement of religion with the contemporary world and the challenges of modernity. Parts 1 and 2 feature separate chapters on various Asian and Western religions, covering sources and resources, interactions with modernity, prospects for the future, a summary, key terms, and further reading. The most interesting chapters are those in Part 3 ("Themes and Trends"), which broach such subjects as secularization, globalization, politics, gender, and the move from religion to spirituality. Few works synthesize contemporary religious trends the way this volume does, but the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford Univ., 2001) and Moojan Momen's The Phenomenon of Religion (Oneworld, 1998) have contributed. The one drawback here is the failure to cover the Baha'i religion. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. William P. Collins, Library of Congress Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415217842
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors, Linda Woodhead, Paul Fletcher, Hiroko Kawanami and David Smith are all members of the Religious Studies Department at Lancaster University, one of the leading international institutions in the study of religion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Religion and Modernity Linda Woodhead
Part 1: Asian 1. Hinduism David Smith 2. Buddhism Cathy Cantwell and Koko Kawanami 3. Sikhism Christopher Shakle 5. Chinese Religions 6. Japanese Religions Robert Kisala
Part 2: Western 6. Judaism Seth Kunin 7. Christianity Linda Woodhead 8. Islam David Waines 9. Religion in Africa Charlie Gore 10. Native American Religions Howard L. Harrod 11. New age Religion Wouter Handgraaff 12. New Religious Movements Elisabeth Arweck
Part 3: Themes and Trends 13. Secularization and Sacrelization Peter Berger 14. Religion and Globalizaiton David Lehmann 15. Religion and Politics Jeffrey Haynes 16. Religion and Gender Linda Woodhead 17. The Spiritual Revolution: From Religion to Spirituality Paul Heelas Index

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