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Published: 01 October 2019

672 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190919023

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A Concise Introduction to World Religions

Fourth Edition

Edited by Roy C. Amore, Amir Hussain, and Willard G. Oxtoby

  • Balances historical and contemporary coverage by offering students a solid grounding in the foundation of each tradition while also exploring the role that each tradition plays in contemporary society and the challenges that it faces
  • Excerpts from sacred texts, prayers, or hymns in "Document" boxes within each chapter include passages from the Bible, the Qur'an, the Dhammapada, the Bhagavad Gita, the Adi Granth, the Book of Mormon, and a Baha'i prayer
  • Coverage of new religions and movements (Ch. 13) looks at movements that have emerged out of established traditions along with new religions that have formed in response to changing spiritual needs
  • ENGAGING PEDAGOGY: A wealth of learning tools throughout help students appreciate and understand world religions: * Focus boxes provide insight into rituals or practices that are specific to each religion * Tradition at a Glance boxes offer an insightful overview of each tradition, facilitate comparative analysis, and serve as quick review references * Sites boxes indicate locations of special significance to each tradition * Document boxes highlight key passages from each tradition's sacred texts * Sacred Texts tables outline the process of compiling and revising the fundamental texts for each tradition as well as their oral, legal, and ritual uses * End-of-chapter study questions and glossaries, detailed maps, timelines, and recommended websites and further readings provide students with additional support
  • An Ancillary Resource Center provides PowerPoint lecture outlines and an Instructor's Manual with chapter summaries, learning objectives, student activities, class discussion topics, essay topics, and lists of multimedia resources for each chapter
  • A Companion Website offers a Student Study Guide containing chapter summaries, learning objectives, short-answer questions (with answers), reflection questions, research paper topics, and multimedia resources

New to this Edition:

  • "Interview" boxes bring to life the impact that a member of each religion is having on today's world
  • "Practice" boxes highlight religion as observed in daily life
  • "Women in the Traditions" boxes highlight the essential roles played by women in each tradition
  • A new introductory chapter, "Studying Religions," gives more attention to theories about religion and methods for studying religion
  • A new chapter (Ch. 3), "Religions of Antiquity," provides both background and context for Western traditions
  • Attention to the role of religion in current political and social issues

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