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A New Handbook of Living Religions, 2nd Edition

A New Handbook of Living Religions, 2nd Edition

John R. Hinnells (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-18275-7

Jan 1997, Wiley-Blackwell

920 pages

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Written by a team of leading international scholars in a clear and readable style, this New Handbook of Living Religions provides a general introduction to the sources and history of the major religions, and an overview of its teachings, practices, popular traditions and twentieth century developments. This new edition not only updates existing chapters but also includes a whole new section on cross-cultural issues and modern diaspora religions in the West.
Introduction: John R. Hinnells (SOAS, University of London).

Section A: The Religions:.

1. Judaism: Alan Unterman (University of Manchester).

2. Christianity: Andrew Walls (University of Edinburgh).

3. Islam: Alford T. Welch (Michigan State University).

4. Zoroastrianism: Mary Boyce (SOAS, University of London).

5. Hinduism: Simon Weightman (SOAS, University of London).

6. Sikhism: W. Owen Cole (Chichester Institute of Higher Education).

7. Jainism: Kendall W. Folkert revised and expanded by John E. Cort (Denision University, Ohio).

8. Buddhism: L. S. Cousins (formerly University of Manchester).

9. Chinese Religions: Michael Saso (Beijing).

10. The Mystic Tradition in China: Michael Saso (Beijing).

11. Japanese Religions: David Reid (Tokyo University).

12. Religions in Primal Societies.

i. Native North American Religions: Armin W. Geertz (University of Aarhus).

ii. Pacific Religions: B. Colless and P. Donovan (Massey University).

iii. African Religions: Aylward Shorter (Freelance Writer).

iv. New Religious Movements in Primal Societies: Harold W. Turner (formerly Selly Oak College).

13. Modern Alternative Religions in the West: J. Gordon Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara).

14. Baha'ism: Denis MacEoin: (formerly University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

Section B: Cross Cultural Issues:.

15. Religion and Gender: Ursula King (University of Bristol).

16. Spirituality: Ursula King (University of Bristol).

17. The Study of Diaspora Religion: John R. Hinnells (SOAS, University of London).

18. African Diaspora Religion: Ossie Stuart (St Anthony's College, Oxford).

19. The Australian South Asian Diaspora: P. Billimoria (Deakin University).

20. The Religions of South Asian Communities in Britain: Kim Knott (University of Leeds).

21. The Religions of the South Asian Diaspora in Canada: Harold Coward (University of Victoria, British Columbia).

22. South Asian Religions in the United States: Raymond Brady Williams (Wabash College).

23. Comparative Reflections on South Asian Religion in International Migration: John R. Hinnells (SOAS, University of London).


""It is good to see this classic volume reappear in an updated form. It belongs in the canon of standard works that anyone interested in the study of religion should posses. The updating of the original chapters was desirable and has been accomplished extremely well.""Damien Keown, Royal Asiatic Society Journal
* Revised and considerably expanded edition of the highly successful Handbook of Living Religions (1984).
* Substantial new section on cross-cultural issues.
* Written by a team of leading international scholars.