Religion & globalization: world religions in historical perspective

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Oxford University Press, Dec 31, 2007 - History - 609 pages
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The twenty-first century is witnessing a resurgence and globalization of religion. Around the world, religion has become an increasingly more vital and pervasive force in both personal and public life. Revealing the significance of religion in the contemporary world, Religion and Globalization: World Religions in Historical Perspective explores seven major religious traditions as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies.
Written by three highly respected scholars--the authors of World Religions Today, Second Edition--this text covers Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, and new religious movements. Taking a fresh approach, it uses historical coverage of the religious traditions as a framework to help students understand how faiths have evolved to the present day and continue to have an impact on belief, politics, and society. The book connects today's religions to their classical beliefs and practices but also shows how they have been transformed by globalization and by their contact with one another. The authors examine how the global changes that began with the Scientific Revolution influence the ways that religions are practiced today. They reflect not only on how ancient traditions have been modified in order to accommodate current realities but also on how the global synergy of these traditions is changing current social and political realities. To help students grasp what might be "new" about the emerging era of religious life in the twenty-first century, each discussion opens with a contemporary scenario of religious experience that illustrates the tension between pre-modern views and modernity.
Ideal for courses on religion and globalization, religion and politics, and comparative religion, Religion and Globalization features sixteen custom maps, key terms at the end of each chapter, a glossary, and timelines of major events in each tradition.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
CHRISTIANITY AND THE ROAD
37
THE GLOBALIZATION OF ISLAM AND MUSLIMS
187
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About the author (2007)

JOHN L. ESPOSITO is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, where he is also Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His publications include The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality, Islam and Politics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam.

Darrell J. Fasching is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida where he has previously served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. "He is the author of Narrative Theology After Auschwitz: From Alienation to Ethics "(1992), "The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima" (1993) and "The Coming of the Millennium "(1996).

Dell deChant is Instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Religious Studies at the University of South Florida where he has taught since 1996. He is the Editor of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religions.

Lewis is Associate Professor of World Religions at College of the Holy Cross, where he has taught since 1990.