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World Religions


World Religions
by John Bowker

In this informative volume the world's most important religions are explained through detailed annotation of sacred texts, religious artifacts, paintings, and architecture. World Religions is a refreshing new approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations of hundreds of stunning colored illustrations provide intriguing insights into the world's most important religions -- offering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each. The author  looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianism -- the oldest "living" religion -- and the great faiths practiced today. Each of the major faiths -- Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam -- is examined in detail through its sacred texts, epic imagery, key beliefs, and religious artifacts. The distinctive identities of different faiths are explored by studying the main principles and thoughts of each religion. The book's large size and superb colored reproductions reveal, in glowing detail, the symbolism and meaning in religious imagery and iconography.

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Illustrated Dictionary of Religions


Illustrated Dictionary of Religions
by Philip Wilkinson

"Illustrated it is. A dictionary, not exactly. Only the glossary, index, and bibliography are alphabetically arranged. Instead, this is an illustrated guide. The introduction defines religion, identifies common themes (foundational stories, ethics) and concepts (sacred places, ritual), and discusses the general relationship between religion and society. Aside from two chapters on ancient and primal religions and one on "new religions," the bulk of the book covers major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."

"Illustrated Dictionary of Religions uses over 700 full-color illustrations and clear text to explain, identify, and compare the major religions of the world.  The dictionary contains more than 1,000 entries and features double-page spreads on major figures and key events."

"In this new DK offering, the photos jump off the page. Following an introductory section that discusses what religion is and what role it plays in society, content is divided into chapters covering the major religious traditions. There are also sections on ancient and primal religions and on new religions. Occultism, the New Age Movement, and the Moonies are mentioned here. Each chapter is divided into a series of two-page spreads that highlight various aspects of the tradition. Throughout the text, a wealth of illustrations depicts religious practice and artifacts and representations of religion in art."

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The HarperCollins Concise Guide to World Religion
The A-to-Z Encyclopedia of All the Major Religious Traditions
by Mircea Eliade and Ioan P. Couliano

Here is a concise summary and guide in 300 pages to thirty-three religions of the world giving basic information about their origins, founders, sacred teachings, spiritual traditions, histories, sacred texts, mythologies, and mystical techniques

A one-volume distillation of Eliade's three-volume History of Religious Ideas and drawing on the multi-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion, which Eliade edited, this easily accessible guide covers 33 traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Shinto, Shamanism, Taoism, Confucianism, South American religions, Baltic and Slavic religions, and the religions of Africa and Oceania, as well as many others. See Table of Contents for list of all the religions covered.

This highly accessible resource distills Mircea Eliade’s lifework of detailing and comparing humanity’s entire religious heritage.

No illustrations.

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A History of the World's Religions A History of the World's Religions
by David S. Noss

Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, Noss's A History of the World's Religions is widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. It is also the most thorough yet manageable history of world religion available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts.

See Table of Contents for religions covered.

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Religious Traditions of the World:  A Journey Through Africa, North America, MesoAmerica, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, China, and Japan

1204 pages
with numerous illustrations

Religious Traditions of the World
A Journey Through Africa, North America, MesoAmerica, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, China, and Japan
edited by H. Byron Earhart

Now in one comprehensive volume, the ten volumes of the outstanding "Religious Traditions of the World " series, written by leading experts, provides individual studies exploring the richness and variety of important religions from around the world.

The book is divided into the following 10 chapters:

Religions of Africa: Traditions in Transformation -- E. Thomas Lawson.
Religions of Mesoamerica: Cosmovision and Ceremonial Centers --  David Carrasco.
Native Religions of North America: The Power of Visions and Fertility -- Ake Hultkrantz.
Judaism: Revelation and Traditions -- Michael A. Fishbane.
Christianity: A Way of Salvation -- Sandra Sizer Frankiel.
Islam and the Muslim Community -- Frederick M. Denny.
Hinduism: Experiments in the Sacred -- David M. Knipe.
Buddhism: The Path to Nirvana -- Robert C. Lester.
Religions of China: The World as a Living System -- Daniel L. Overmyer.
Religions of Japan: Many Traditions within One Sacred Way -- H. Byron Earhart.

To see this book's comprehensive coverage of these religious traditions, go to the book's Table of Contents at  Hover your cursor over the image of the book's cover.   Then click on "Table of Contents."  First page viewed is a brief "Table of Contents" but click on this brief "Contents" page to go to a detailed "Table of Contents."

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