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The world's religions

Author: Ninian Smart
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1998]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This book looks at the world's religions in terms of world history, and as constantly developing systems of belief. Part I traces the development of religions, as they evolved from the traditions of the ancient world. Part 2 examines the changes to faiths and cultures following the Renaissance and the voyages of conquest and discovery, and asks how, why, and with what effect religions have been refashioned over the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ninian Smart
ISBN: 0521631394 9780521631396 0521637481 9780521637480
OCLC Number: 38738896
Description: 608 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: 1. Earliest religions --
2. South Asia --
3. China --
4. Japan --
5. Southeast Asia --
6. The Pacific --
7. The Americas --
8. The ancient Near East --
9. Persia and Central Asia --
10. The Greek and Roman world --
11. Classical and medieval Christianity and Judaism --
12. Classical and medieval Islam --
13. Classical African religions --
Part II: 14. The explosion of Europe and the re-forming of Christianity --
15. North America --
16. South Asia and reactions to colonial intervention --
17. China and Korea in modern times --
18. Modern Southeast Asia --
19. Japan in modern times --
20. Islam passes through the shadows --
21. The colonial impact in the Pacific --
22. Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union --
23. Africa in the modern world --
24. Latin America and the Caribbean --
25. Some final reflections on global religion.
Responsibility: Ninian Smart.
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