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Religions of Asia today

Author: John L Esposito; Darrell J Fasching; Todd Lewis
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John L Esposito; Darrell J Fasching; Todd Lewis
ISBN: 9780199759491 0199759499
OCLC Number: 755904501
Description: 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 Introduction 3 --
Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometown 3 --
Why Study World Religions? 5 --
Our Task 6 --
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Formative Elements 7 --
The Great Religious Stories of the World 18 --
Historical Overview: From Premodern to Postmodern 25 --
The Modern/Postmodern Transition: Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernity 29 --
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World 33 --
Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situating 34 --
Discussion Questions 34 --
Key Terms 35 --
Notes 35 --
Chapter 2 Indigenous Religions 37 --
Overview 37 --
Origins of Homo religiosus: Prehistory 38 --
Religion's Origins Among Hunter-Gatherers 41 --
Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlife 48 --
Shamans: "Technicians of the Sacred" 54 --
Indigenous Religions Today 62 --
Conclusion 70 --
Discussion Questions 71 --
Key Terms 72 --
Suggested Readings 72 --
Notes 73 --
Additional Resources 73 --
Chapter 3 Hinduism and Other South Asian Religions: Myriad Paths to Liberation 75 --
Overview 75 --
Defining Hinduism: Unity, Diversity, Localities 76 --
Encounter with Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular State 79 --
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Era 82 --
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 bce-900 CE) 90 --
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 ce-1500 CE) 102 --
Hinduism and Modernity 110 --
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a PostcolonialWorld 121 --
Hindu Festival Practice 133 --
The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduism 141 --
Conclusion 161 --
Discussion Questions 164 --
Key Terms 165 --
Suggested Readings 166 --
Notes 167 --
Additional Resources 167 --
Chapter 4 Buddhism: Paths Toward Nirvana 169 --
Overview 169 --
Encounter with Modernity: Socially "Engaged Buddhism" 171 --
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era (600 bce-100 CE) 176 --
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era (100-800 CE) 190 --
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion (400-1500 CE) 205 --
Buddhism and Modernity 211 --
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World 225 --
Conclusion 250 --
Discussion Questions 252 --
Key Terms 253 --
Suggested Readings 254 --
Notes 255 --
Additional Resources 255 --
Chapter 5 East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmony 257 --
Overview 257 --
Geographical Orientation 259 --
Encounter with Modernity: The Fall and Return of Confucianism 262 --
East Asian Religions in the Formative Era (1500 bce-200 CE) 266 --
East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Era 296 --
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial World 307 --
Conclusion: Have We Entered a Third Confucian Age? 339 --
Discussion Questions 344 --
Key Terms 345 --
Suggested Readings 345 --
Notes 346 --
Additional Resources 347 --
Chapter 6 Islam in Asia 349 --
Overview 349 --
The Dawn of Islam in Asia 352 --
The Islamic Tradition 355 --
Jihad 366 --
The Challenge of European Colonialism 367 --
Conclusion 380 --
Discussion Questions 380 --
Key Terms 381 --
Suggested Readings 381 --
Notes 382 --
Additional Resources 382 --
Chapter 7 Globalization: From New to New Age Religions 385 --
Overview 385 --
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Global Diversity to the "Purity" of Tradition 387 --
New Religions 388 --
New Age Religions 395 --
Conclusion: The Postmodern Challenge-Can There Be a Global Ethic in a World of Religious Diversity? 409 --
Discussion Questions 422 --
Suggested Readings 422 --
Notes 423 --
Additional Resources 423.
Responsibility: John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, Todd Lewis.

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