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Holy people of the world: a cross-cultural encyclopediaUser Review - Book Verdict
With contributions from over 200 international experts in religious studies and related fields, this reference work brings together over 1100 biographies of "founders, leaders, heroes, shamans, holy people, and...other figures venerated or honored in...religions throughout the world." Presenting a wide range of viewpoints and detailed information about each individual's life and legacy, the work also features comparative articles, up-to-date suggestions for further reading, black-and-white illustrations, and an extensive index. Editor Jestice (history, Univ. of Southern Mississippi), who previously authored ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Irish Spirituality , recognizes that the work is a "sampler pack" and that "coverage is uneven." Nonetheless, there are curious gaps in the coverage. For example, Paul Tillich is included, while Albert Schweitzer is absent. The Buddhist bodhisattva Tara merits an entry, but not Kuan-yin/Avalokiteshvara. Likewise, the Holiness tradition in American Wesleyanism goes unmentioned, and evangelicals lacking cross-cultural interest receive short shrift. A further drawback is the failure to include any articles on the nature of holiness itself. One hopes that a second edition will include entries on Mircea Eliade, Rudoph Otto, and other theorists who have helped shape scholarly study of the holy. Bottom Line By focusing on holy people, the work leaves out many religious figures found in John Hinnells'Who's Who of Religions . On the other hand, nothing matches this work's coverage of women, people of color, and the breadth of world cultures. This edition deserves to become well-worn by the time a second appears.--Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL
Prophet's Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahíyyih Khánum : Outstanding ...
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