World Religions Today / Edition 4

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Overview

Taking a fresh approach, World Religions Today explores world religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies. In contrast with most other books on world religions, this unique work does not adopt a historical perspective that focuses on the past; instead, it makes use of past beliefs and practices as backdrops for understanding how different faiths have evolved up to the present day.
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"World Religions Today does an excellent job of helping students to place religion in the contemporary world."—Robert Brown, James Madison University

"This is a great textbook for introducing world religions, with a strong emphasis on a religion's contact with modernity and its continuing evolution in light of globalization."—David Kitts, Carson-Newman University

"The writing is clear and not bogged down with academic jargon, yet it is sophisticated and at a level that is appropriate for undergraduate study."—Robin L. Owens, Mount St. Mary's College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199759514
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 125,840
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

Darrell J. Fasching is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida.

Todd T. Lewis is Professor of World Religions at the College of the Holy Cross.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3

Ch. 2 Indigenous religions 35

Ch. 3 The many stories of Judaism : sacred and secular 75

Ch. 4 Christian diversity and the road to modernity 147

Ch. 5 Islam : the many faces of the Muslim experience 213

Ch. 6 Hinduism : myriad paths to salvation 301

Ch. 7 Buddhism : ways to Nirvana 389

Ch. 8 East Asian religions : traditions of human cultivation and natural harmony 471

Ch. 9 Globalization : from new to New Age religions 561

Index

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