World Religions: Eastern Traditions

Paperback | January 20, 2014

byWillard G. Oxtoby, Roy C. Amore, Amir Hussain

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World Religions: Eastern Traditions is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey that recognizes the diverse traditions behind the monolithic labels of the major Eastern faiths. For each set of traditions, a specialist explores not only origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, andrituals and practices, but also cultural interactions and responses to modern challenges. Accessible and engaging, this contributed volume is widely considered to be the definitive introduction to the subject.

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World Religions: Eastern Traditions is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey that recognizes the diverse traditions behind the monolithic labels of the major Eastern faiths. For each set of traditions, a specialist explores not only origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, andrituals and practices, but also cultural in...

The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this text, was professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he launched the graduate program in the study of religion. He authored a number of books including Experiencing India: European Descriptions and Impressions and The Meaning of Other Faiths. Roy C. Amore is profes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.56 inPublished:January 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199002819

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Brief ContentsFull ContentsContributorsImportant Features of this EditionPreface and Acknowledgements1. About ReligionBasic Human Religion: Looking Both Ways from StonehengeLooking Forward from StonehengeWhat Is Religion?Why Study Religion?2. Hindu TraditionsOriginsClassical HinduismSchools and Communities of TheologyPractices, Rituals, and ArtsRecent DevelopmentsSummary3. Sikh TraditionsOverviewCrystallizationPracticeDifferentiationCultural ExpressionsInteraction and AdaptationRecent DevelopmentsSummary4. Jaina TraditionsOverviewThe Shramana RevolutionThe Early SanghaMajor DevelopmentsPracticeExpressive DimensionsJainas among OthersWomenRecent DevelopmentsSummary5. Buddhist TraditionsOverviewThe First Gem: The BuddhaThe Second Gem: The DharmaThe Third Gem: The SanghaEarly BuddhismTheravada BuddhismMahayana, the Second VehicleVajrayana, the Third VehicleInteraction and Adaptation in East AsiaCultural ExpressionsBuddhism in the Modern WorldRecent DevelopmentsSummary6. Chinese and Korean TraditionsOverviewThe Classical Period to the Qin (c. 2300 BCE - 206 BCE)Han Dynasty (202 BCE - 220 CE)The Six Dynasties Period (220 - 589)Sui and Tang (589-907)The Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties (960 - 1644)The Qing Dynasty and the Republican Period (1644 - present)Korean ReligionsRecent Developments: 1897 to the PresentSummary7. Japanese TraditionsOverviewFoundationsPivotal Developments in Japanese Religious HistoryNew Emphases in Japanese Religious PracticeContinuities of Religious PracticeGlobal and Domestic TrendsRecent DevelopmentsSummary8. Current IssuesReligion and PoliticsFundamentalismBioethicsThe EnvironmentGender and SexualityReligious DiversityCreditsIndex

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"This book is the best one I have seen for teaching Eastern religions. What sets it apart is its visual appeal, comprehensiveness, and organization." -Justine Noel, Camosun College