Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 November 2017

344 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190642419

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Religions of the West Today

Fourth Edition

John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd T. Lewis

  • Connects today's religions to their classical beliefs and practices and highlights the tensions between historical religious traditions and their modern manifestations
  • Offers an up-to-date view of how religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world and how they impact and are impacted by globalization and international relations
  • Highlights some of the most colorful, lively, and striking aspects of religion today through a wide variety of thematic and special-topic boxes that explore particular ideas or practices in some depth: * "Rituals and Rites" boxes examine rituals that have changed in practice or meaning over time * "Gender Focus" boxes highlight gender-specific customs within each faith * "Teachings of Religious Wisdom" boxes expose students to primary sources from various traditions * "Contrasting Religious Visions" boxes compare the beliefs of two significant adherents of a faith who each see the demands of their religion calling believers in very different directions in the modern age * "Tales of Spiritual Transformation" offer descriptions of religious experiences in the believers' own words
  • Incorporates helpful pedagogical aids, including timelines, maps, illustrations, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary, suggestions for further reading, and more than 200 photographs

New to this Edition:

  • Streamlines content throughout for a more concise presentation and greater accessibility
  • Covers recent world events, including rising social and political tensions in Europe over Muslim immigration in light of the rise of right-wing populism and increased terrorist attacks
  • Updated timelines that reflect current events
  • Updated maps

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