Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 June 2021

592 Pages

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197537657

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World Religions Today

Seventh Edition

John Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, Todd T. Lewis, and Peter Feldmeier

  • 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: “Ritual 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
  • “Tales of Spiritual Transformation” offers descriptions of religious experiences in believers' own words. Some of these are classical voices and others contemporary.

New to this Edition:

  • Edited and expanded chronology
  • More attention on lived experience in each religion
  • Dramatic revision of the chapters on Judaism and Christianity
  • Significantly updated Islam chapter with sections on fundamentalism, reformers, ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Arab Spring
  • Significantly revised chapter on globalization and the dynamics of new age religiosoty