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African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Jacob K. Olupona

9780199790586
Paperback
March 2014

Very Short Introductions

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The Masnavi, Book Three

£9.99

Jalal al-Din Rumi, Jawid Mojaddedi

9780199652037
Paperback
November 2013

Oxford World's Classics

Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi, written in six books, is his masterpiece. It conveys a message of divine love in entertaining stories and homilies. The focus of Book Three is on epistemology; this is the first ever verse translation, and the first translation of any kind for over 80 years.

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Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Ennis B. Edmonds

9780199584529
Paperback
December 2012

Very Short Introductions

Rastafari has grown into an international socio-religious movement, with adherents of Rastafari found in most of the major population centres and outposts of the world. This Very Short Introduction provides a brief account of this widespread but often poorly understood movement, looking at its history, central principles, and practices.

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Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Jolyon Mitchell

9780199585236
Paperback
November 2012

Very Short Introductions

Martyrdom is a controversial topic, with a long history of provoking fierce debate. In this Very Short Introduction Jolyon Mitchell provides a historical analysis to understand the contemporary debates surrounding martyrdom. Using examples from a variety of contexts around the world, he explores how it has evolved, and what it means today.

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Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Philip Sheldrake

9780199588756
Paperback
November 2012

Very Short Introductions

With a decline in traditional religious belief, interest in spirituality has grown hugely in Western cultures. The notion of spirituality expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Philip Sheldrake explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it transforms lives.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience

£10.99

William James, Matthew Bradley

9780199691647
Paperback
June 2012

Oxford World's Classics

Drawing on psychology, philosophy, and literature, William James's classic survey of religious belief gathers testimony from a huge range of diverse sources to construct a defence of the individual religious experience. It speaks powerfully to the modern debate on atheism and faith, in the most critically up-to-date edition available.

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The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Darren Oldridge

9780199580996
Paperback
May 2012

Very Short Introductions

The Devil has fascinated writers and theologians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. The Devil: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to the Christian Devil through the history of ideas and the lives of real people.

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Magic: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Owen Davies

9780199588022
Paperback
January 2012

Very Short Introductions

Magic continues to be an enduring topic of fascination, managing to pervade the popular imagination. In this Very Short Introduction Owen Davies explores the definitions and practice of magic over the millennia; highlighting the controversy, conflict, and debate it has caused.

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Angels: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

David Albert Jones

9780199547302
Paperback
October 2011

Very Short Introductions

What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, fairies, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular? This Very Short Introduction investigates stories and speculations about angels in religions old and new, in art, literature, film, and the popular imagination.

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Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Owen Davies

9780199235162
Paperback
May 2011

Very Short Introductions

From its origins to the present day, Owen Davies explores ideas about paganism that have existed over the last two millennia. He takes a chronological look at changing attitudes towards its beliefs, its practices, and its relationship with the Church.

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Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

William K. Kay

9780199575152
Paperback
January 2011

Very Short Introductions

Despite secular trends in many western countries, religion continues to be a powerful force globally. The Pentecostal movement began early in the 20th century and there are now almost 450 million supporters around the world. Despite this, it is riddled with prejudice and misinformation. William K. Kay reveals the truth about Pentecostalism.

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Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Stephen Law

9780199553648
Paperback
January 2011

Very Short Introductions

What is humanism? Can there be morality without God? Without religion, are our lives left without meaning? Stephen Law considers all these questions in this Very Short Introduction. Discussing the arguments for and against religious belief, and examining the value and meaning of life, he explores humanism as a positive alternative to religion.

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Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Robin Le Poidevin

9780199575268
Paperback
October 2010

Very Short Introductions

What is agnosticism? Is it a belief, or just the absence of belief? What is the 'agnostic' principle? Robin Le Poidevin takes a philosophical approach to the issue of agnosticism, challenging some of the common assumptions, arguing in favour of the agnostic attitude, and considering its place in society and education.

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Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Scott H. Hendrix

9780199574339
Paperback
October 2010

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction presents Martin Luther as historians now see him. Instead of singling him out as a modern hero, the book emphasizes the context in which Luther worked, the colleagues who supported him, and the opponents who adamantly opposed his agenda for change.

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Druids: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Barry Cunliffe

9780199539406
Paperback
May 2010

Very Short Introductions

The Druids have been known and discussed for over 2,000 years; few figures flit so elusively through history. Enigmatic and puzzling, the lack of knowledge about them has resulted in a wide spectrum of interpretations. Barry Cunliffe examines their origins, the evidence for their beliefs and practices, and how we interpret them today.

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The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Terryl L. Givens

9780195369311
Paperback
January 2010

Very Short Introductions

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Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Francis J Bremer

9780195334555
Paperback
September 2009

Very Short Introductions

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The Life of Christina of Markyate

£7.99

Samuel Fanous, Henrietta Leyser, C.H. Talbot

9780199556052
Paperback
August 2009

Oxford World's Classics

The remarkable story of twelfth-century recluse Christina of Markyate, her trials and temptations, who eventually founded a priory. The anonymous Life is a vivid social portrait of a medieval religious woman, a dramatic record of spiritual conviction against all odds.

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York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling

£8.99

Richard Beadle, Pamela M. King

9780199552535
Paperback
June 2009

Oxford World's Classics

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Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives

£9.99

John Foxe, John N. King

9780199236848
Paperback
March 2009

Oxford World's Classics

Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a collection of unforgettable accounts of religious persecution. This modernized selection 3rings together some of the most stirring tales of the interrogation and execution of heretics burnt at the stake in the reign of Mary, with some of the original woodcut illustrations and an illuminating introduction.

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