Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 March 2015

656 Pages

10.0 x 8.0 inches

ISBN: 9780199008551

Bookseller Code (04)

A Concise Introduction to World Religions

Third Edition

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

  • 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 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. 12) 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

New to this Edition:

  • Three new contributors explore Indigenous (Ch. 2), Jewish (Ch. 3), and Christian (Ch. 4) traditions in these newly rewritten chapters
  • The opening chapter has also been rewritten for this edition by coeditors Roy C. Amore and Amir Hussain
  • New "Recent Development" sections in each chapter examine the modern challenges and recent developments unique to each tradition
  • More coverage of women and religion throughout, including additional discussion of the contributions of women to the development of each tradition and their roles in practicing and performing rituals
  • Fully revised and updated throughout; each chapter incorporates the latest research and developments in the study of each tradition
  • A redesigned full-color art program effectively illustrates the practices, rituals, and symbols characteristic of each faith

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