Religions of Asia Today / Edition 2

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Overview

Ideal for courses in Asian/Eastern religions and world religions, Religions of Asia Today covers the same material as the second half of the authors' longer textbook, World Religions Today, Third Edition, while also featuring a unique chapter on Islam in Asia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199759491
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 360,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapters 2-5 open with an Overview.
Preface
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown
Why Study World Religions?
Our Task
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Formative Elements
The Great Religious Stories of the World
Historical Overview: From Premodern to Postmodern
The Modern/Postmodern Transition: Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situation
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Notes
CHAPTER 2. INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Origins of Homo religiosus: Prehistory
Religion's Origins Among Hunter-Gatherers
Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife
Shamans: "Technicians of the Sacred"
Indigenous Religions Today
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Additional Resources
Notes
CHAPTER 3. HINDUISM AND OTHER SOUTH ASIAN RELIGIONS: MYRIAD PATHS TO LIBERATION
Defining Hinduism: Unity, Diversity, Localities
Encounter with Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 BCE-900 CE)
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 CE-1500 CE)
Hinduism and Modernity
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Hindu Festival Practice
The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduism
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Additional Resources
Notes
CHAPTER 4. BUDDHISM: PATHS TOWARD NIRVANA
Encounter with Modernity: Socially "Engaged Buddhism"
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era (600 BCE-100 CE)
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era (100-800 CE)
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion (400-1500 CE)
Buddhism and Modernity
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Additional Resources
Notes
CHAPTER 5. EAST ASIAN RELIGIONS: TRADITIONS OF HUMAN CULTIVATION AND NATURAL HARMONY
Geographical Orientation
Encounter with Modernity: The Fall and Return of Confucianism
East Asian Religions in the Formative Era (1500 BCE-200 CE)
East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Era
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World
Conclusion: Have We Entered a Third Confucian Age?
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Additional Resources
Notes
CHAPTER 6. ISLAM IN ASIA
The Dawn of Islam in Asia
The Islamic Tradition
Jihad
The Challenge of European Colonialism
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes
CHAPTER 7. GLOBALIZATION: FROM NEW TO NEW AGE RELIGIONS
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Global Diversity to the "Purity" of Tradition
New Religions
New Age Religions
Conclusion: The Postmodern Challenge
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
Additional Resources
Notes
Glossary
Art Credits
Index

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