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World Religions

Western Traditions

Fifth Edition

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

Publication Date - 15 September 2018

ISBN: 9780190877071

480 pages

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


World Religions: Western Traditions, Fifth Edition, provides students with a thought-provoking survey of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, ancient, indigenous, and new religious traditions. 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 Western religions and comparative religions, World Religions: Western 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 Western Religions," gives more attention to theories of religion and methods for studying religion
  • An extensively updated "Current Issues" chapter addresses important new developments--including those in the Middle East and Myanmar--and an expanded treatment of marriage equality and religion


  • 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)

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

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

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


"I truly love this textbook (and its Eastern counterpart). I feel that it masterfully explores the various world religions with great detail and clarity while making them accessible to students."--Matthew Hill, Spring Arbor University

"This text is extremely well-organized, well-written, and engaging, with very good coverage of modern expressions of each tradition."--Michelle Rebidoux, Memorial University of Newfoundland

"The chapter-opening outlines and end-of-chapter summaries provide good introductions and conclusions to the chapters. I like the 'Sacred Text' tables; they provide brief overviews of the different religious texts."--Colin James Law, University of Georgia

"This textbook covers Judaism, Christianity, and Islam very clearly and strikes the right balance between succinct and comprehensive."--Tim Labron, Concordia University of Edmonton

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