The World's Religions

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1998 - Religion - 608 pages
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This book is a revised and updated edition of a popular work, which looks at the world's religions in terms of world history, and as constantly developing systems of belief. Part I traces the development of religions, as they evolved from the traditions of the ancient world. Part II examines the changes to faiths and cultures following the Renaissance and the voyages of conquest and discovery, and asks how, why, and with what effect religions have been refashioned over the ages up to today. In this richly illustrated new edition, religions are described through their symbols, rituals, followers, architecture and art. References, statistics, maps and pictures have been updated and added, illuminating the true nature of each religion. The text has been thoroughly revised to highlight recent developments, such as the spread of Islam, African-American and Hispanic-American religious experience, and women priests.
  

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Smart (emeritus, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) is one of the few public religious intellectuals who can be compared to the late Joseph Campbell. In this second edition of his study of world ... Read full review

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While presented as something of a reference work, this book is still deeply readable. While necessarily short on the details on some religions, it is nonetheless an excellent introduction to the jaw ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
9
PART I
28
South Asia
43
The Early Period
51
Buddhism
57
Sramanic Alternatives
68
TheravSda Buddhism
75
The Rise of the Mahayana
81
Kami and Foreign
136
The Classical Period
142
Japanese Classical and Premodern Religion
151
The Pacific
166
The America
181
The Ancient Near East
197
Persia and Central Asia
218
The Greek and Roman World
230

its Main Shape
87
China
106
The Early Period
112
The Classical Period
121
The Medieval Period
129
Classical and Medieval Christianity
257
Classical and Medieval Islam
285
North America 365
296
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