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Very Short Introductions #13: The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #13: The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
by Michael Cook
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The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the... (read more)

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Buddhism : a Very Short Introduction (96 - Old Edition)
Buddhism : a Very Short Introduction (96 - Old Edition)
by Damien Keown
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This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #05: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #05: Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
by Kim Knott
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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume... (read more)

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Buddhist Ethics : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
Buddhist Ethics : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
by Damien Keown
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The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory... (read more)

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Sikhism : a Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
Sikhism : a Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
by Eleanor Nesbitt
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The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is ranked as the world's fifth largest religion. However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs just after September 11 indicated that they were being mistaken... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #38: Augustine: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #38: Augustine: A Very Short Introduction
by Henry Chadwick
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Augustine was arguably the greatest early Christian philosopher. His teachings had a profound effect on Medieval scholarship, Renaissance humanism, and the religious controversies of both the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. Here, Henry Chadwick... (read more)

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Buddha : a Very Short Introduction ((Rev)96 Edition)
Buddha : a Very Short Introduction ((Rev)96 Edition)
by Michael Carrithers
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In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #47: Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #47: Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
by Sue Hamilton
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India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thought, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions. In this intriguing introduction to Indian philosophy, the diversity of Indian thought is... (read more)

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