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Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Publisher Comments:

Here is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of religion available in paperback. Written by an expert team of 80 international and multi-faith contributors, the volume contains over 8,200 entries and an original and in-depth introductory essay.

Readers will find information on:

Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and much more

Movements, Sects, and Cults: Over 500 entries on everything from Cargo Cults and the New Age movement to Rastafarians and Soka Gakkai

Sacred Texts: Over 1,000 entries covering the sacred writings of religions worldwide

Individuals: Including founders, leaders, gurus, philosophers, mystics, and heretics

Sacred Sites: Cities, buildings, centers of pilgrimage

Customs: Religious practices, dogmas, beliefs, traditions, festivals and fasts, and artifacts such as altars, rosaries, icons, and torah ornaments

Ethics: Entries cover world-wide religious teachings on abortion, animals, birth control, war, sexuality and homosexuality, and suicide

In addition, the Dictionary features a 13,000-item topical index, directing readers to subjects that might not have their own entries, such as Brahman, breathing, death, heavens and paradises, mandala, mantra and yantra, Sufism, yoga, and Zen practice. There is also a detailed system of cross-references so that readers can explore related topics in the book, and suggestions for further reading for those who wish to pursue a subject in greater depth.

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is the definitive reference work on this subject, the most comprehensive and authoritative one-volume resource available. Now in an affordable paperback edition, it is the first place to turn for information on virtually any aspect of religion worldwide.

Synopsis:

An A-Z reference guide to all aspects of the world's religions past and present. This text offers both quick, accessible answers from the short entries, and more detailed discussion from the longer more discursive articles. The compendium contains over 8200 entries and a topical index.

Synopsis:

IThe Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is an exceptionally wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, customs, and artifacts of the worlds religions past and present. As well as detailed information on individual religious traditions, there are fascinating general entries on common topics such as prayer, ethics, asceticism, confession, cosmology, art and architecture, and music.

About the Author

John Bowker is an authority on religious studies. He has taught at universities in the United States and the UK, is an Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, and a well-known broadcaster on BBC Radio.

Table of Contents

Preface, List of subject advisors and contributors, Note to readers (including details about accents, beathings, and spellings), Introductory essay: Religion, A-Z text, Topic index, Table of Chinese headwords given in both Wade-Giles and Pin yin forms

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198662426
Editor:
BOWKER, JOHN (GRESHAM PROFESSOR, LONDON AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF PEN
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Bowker, John
Author:
null, John
Author:
Bowker, John
Location:
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Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Comparative Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1126
Dimensions:
230 x 150 in.

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , An A-Z reference guide to all aspects of the world's religions past and present. This text offers both quick, accessible answers from the short entries, and more detailed discussion from the longer more discursive articles. The compendium contains over 8200 entries and a topical index.
"Synopsis" by , IThe Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is an exceptionally wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to the history, beliefs, dogmas, practices, individuals, customs, and artifacts of the worlds religions past and present. As well as detailed information on individual religious traditions, there are fascinating general entries on common topics such as prayer, ethics, asceticism, confession, cosmology, art and architecture, and music.
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