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The World's Religions
     

The World's Religions

by Ninian Smart
 

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Written by a leading scholar of comparative religion, this work provides an introduction to and thorough survey of all of the world's major religions. It describes their history, formation, important characteristics, rituals and practices, placing them in cultural context.

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Written by a leading scholar of comparative religion, this work provides an introduction to and thorough survey of all of the world's major religions. It describes their history, formation, important characteristics, rituals and practices, placing them in cultural context.

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Library Journal
Smart (emeritus, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) is one of the few public religious intellectuals who can be compared to the late Joseph Campbell. In this second edition of his study of world religions, he has expanded his discussion of the multifaceted dimensions of religious thought. This edition retains the same structure found in the earlier one: Part 1 charts the historical development of religions in the ancient worlds, while Part 2 follows how they changed after the Renaissance, the settling of the Americas, and other cultural shifts. In this version, he adds the effects of the breakup of the Soviet Union, the expansion of Islam, the spread of African American religious experiences, and the changes brought about by the introduction of female priests. It would be a mistake to assign this book as a primary textbook for a world religions class; Smart is primarily a historian, and the emphasis here is on world religions in terms of world history and constantly developing systems of faith, belief, and theology. Recommended for all libraries.--Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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"The World's Religion's is recommended as a basic introduction, and quite possibly for the circulating as well as reference collection." Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521631396
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.65(h) x 1.30(d)

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