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World Religions

Eastern Traditions

Fifth Edition

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

Publication Date - 15 September 2018

ISBN: 9780190875442

448 pages

The definitive and most widely used introduction to Eastern religions, authored by a team of expert contributors


World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Fifth Edition, provides students with an accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking survey of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese religions. The expert contributors offer an authoritative examination of the origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, rituals and practices, influences on culture, and responses to modern challenges for each tradition.

Ideal for courses in Asian religions and comparative religions, World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Fifth Edition, combines a historically descriptive perspective with a spirit of sympathetic fascination.

New to this Edition

  • "Interview" boxes bring to life the impact that a member of each religion is having on today's world
  • "Women in the Traditions" boxes highlight the essential roles played by women in each tradition
  • A new introductory chapter, "Studying Eastern Religions," discusses the nature of religion throughout history, reasons to study religion, and methods for studying religion
  • An extensively updated "Current Issues" chapter addresses important new developments in China, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar


  • Expert contributors provide students with significant knowledge and rigorous research on each tradition
  • Dynamic pedagogical features including "Traditions at a Glance," "Document," "Focus," and "Sites" boxes, bolded key terms, maps, photos, timelines, sites, text extracts, and further reading lists help bring each tradition to life for students
  • An Ancillary Resource Center contains an Instructor's Manual, a Test Bank, and PowerPoint lecture slides
  • A free, open-access Companion Website provides students with self-quizzes, flashcards, learning objectives, links to relevant sites, research-paper topics, and more

About the Author(s)

Roy C. Amore is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor in Ontario.

Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this work, was Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.


"World Religions: Eastern Traditions is far better than other textbooks because it is accessible, but detailed, and the various images and boxes with selections of primary sources encourage students to learn."--Melanie Coughlin, Carleton University

"Accessibly covering an impressive breadth of traditions, this book offers a unique option for instructors and students of religion. It provides insightful ways for understanding the beliefs, practices, cultural influences, and historical significance of globally diverse and traditionally 'Eastern' religions."--Ashley M. Purpura, Purdue University

"This text is one of the best I have used to teach religions throughout Asia. The comprehensive discussion on religions is positioned alongside current issues, helping students understand religions in the broader context of real-world events."--Jamie Sanchez, Biola University