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The World's Religions

The World's Religions

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521637480

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  • This book is a revised and updated edition of a popular work, which looks at the world's religions in terms of world history, and as constantly developing systems of belief. Part I traces the development of religions, as they evolved from the traditions of the ancient world. Part II examines the changes to faiths and cultures following the Renaissance and the voyages of conquest and discovery, and asks how, why, and with what effect religions have been refashioned over the ages up to today. In this richly illustrated new edition, religions are described through their symbols, rituals, followers, architecture and art. References, statistics, maps and pictures have been updated and added, illuminating the true nature of each religion. The text has been thoroughly revised to highlight recent developments, such as the spread of Islam, African-American and Hispanic-American religious experience, and women priests.

    • New edition of popular book with updated references, statistics, scholarship, and maps
    • Restructured to make it more user-friendly, with new colour pictures
    • Additional text on key topics such as the spread of Islam, African-American and Hispanic-American religious experience, and women priests
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    'Richly illustrated, religions are described through their symbols, rituals, architecture and art. Full of maps and statistics, this popular title is a must for anyone exploring this field, and is [] up-to-date.' Publishing News

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521637480
    • length: 608 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 192 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • contains: 265 b/w illus. 47 colour illus. 13 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Earliest religions
    2. South Asia
    3. China
    4. Japan
    5. Southeast Asia
    6. The Pacific
    7. The Americas
    8. The ancient Near East
    9. Persia and Central Asia
    10. The Greek and Roman world
    11. Classical and medieval Christianity and Judaism
    12. Classical and medieval Islam
    13. Classical African religions
    Part II:
    14. The explosion of Europe and the re-forming of Christianity
    15. North America
    16. South Asia and reactions to colonial intervention
    17. China and Korea in modern times
    18. Modern Southeast Asia
    19. Japan in modern times
    20. Islam passes through the shadows
    21. The colonial impact in the Pacific
    22. Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
    23. Africa in the modern world
    24. Latin America and the Caribbean
    25. Some final reflections on global religion

  • Author

    Ninian Smart

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