The Worlds Religions by Ninian SmartThe Worlds Religions by Ninian Smart

The Worlds Religions

byNinian Smart

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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The World's Religions offers a fascinating insight into a wide range of faiths, their history and their followers. In the richly illustrated new edition of this popular book, religions are described through their symbols, rituals, followers, architecture and art. References, statistics, maps and pictures have been updated and added. 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.
Title:The Worlds ReligionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.65 × 7.68 × 1.18 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521637481

ISBN - 13:9780521637480


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I: 1. Earliest religions; 2. South Asia; 3. China; 4. Japan; 5. Southeast Asia; 6. The Pacific; 7. The Americas; 8. The ancient Near East; 9. Persia and Central Asia; 10. The Greek and Roman world; 11. Classical and medieval Christianity and Judaism; 12. Classical and medieval Islam; 13. Classical African religions; Part II: 14. The explosion of Europe and the re-forming of Christianity; 15. North America; 16. South Asia and reactions to colonial intervention; 17. China and Korea in modern times; 18. Modern Southeast Asia; 19. Japan in modern times; 20. Islam passes through the shadows; 21. The colonial impact in the Pacific; 22. Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union; 23. Africa in the modern world; 24. Latin America and the Caribbean; 25. Some final reflections on global religion; Bibliography; Credits; Index.

From Our Editors

This lavishly illustrated book critically explores the world's religions. Fully revised and updated, this second edition of The World's Religions by leading religious writer Ninian Smart features two sections. The first is devoted to tracing the development of religions from ancient times; the second section concerns itself with the question of how faith and religion have been refashioned since the Renaissance. This bestseller also highlights developments in religion, such as the spread of Islam and the introduction of women priests. Anyone with an interest in religion will be enthralled with this comprehensive book that, while written by a scholar, makes the complexities and diversities of the world's religions accessible to ordinary readers.

Editorial Reviews

"The World's Religion's is recommended as a basic introduction, and quite possibly for the circulating as well as reference collection." Choice