The original Penguin Handbook of Living Religions, published in 1984, quickly established itself as a standard introduction to the major religions in the modern world for students, professionals in various fields and general readers. Written by a team of leading international scholars in a clear and readable style, each chapter provides a general introduction to the sources and history of the religion, then its teachings, practices, popular traditions and at twentieth-century developments. This New Handbook of Living Religions not only updates existing chapters to reflect events in the 1990s and to account for recent scholarship, but also includes new material on modern China, gender issues and spirituality. In addition there is a whole new section looking at modern diaspora religions in the West with four new chapters on South Asian religions in the USA, Canada, Britain and the Pacific area. This section on the religions of minority communities concludes with a further new chapter looking at these religious migrations in a comparative international perspective.
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). Index.
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