The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History, and Culture

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Joseph Kitagawa
Routledge, Sep 5, 2013 - Social Science - 384 pages
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This essential student textbook consists of seventeen sections, all written by leading scholars in their different fields. They cover all the religious traditions of Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Tibet, and East Asia. The major traditions that are described and discussed are (from the Southwest) Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam, and (from the East) Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. In addition, the tradition of Bon in Tibet, the shamanistic religions of Inner Asia, and general Chinese, Korean and Japanese religion are also given full coverage. The emphasis throughout is on clear description and analysis, rather than evaluation. Ten maps are provided to add to the usefulness of this book, which has its origin in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago.
 

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Contents

MAPS
18
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
53
Jainism
97
The Sikhs
111
Buddhism in Southeast Asia
119
Islam in South Asia
143
Islam in Southeast Asia
165
The Religions of Tibet
195
The Religions of lnner Asia
223
lslam in Central Asia
239
EAST ASlA
257
Japanese Religion
305
Korean Religion
333
Buddhism in Korea
347
lslam in China
355
LlST OF CONTRIBUTORS
375

The Schools of Tibetan Buddhism
207
PerKvaerne
217

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The late Joseph M. Kitagawa was Professor Emeritus of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, USA.

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