A New Handbook of Living Religions: Revised Edition (Penguin reference)

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9780140514070: A New Handbook of Living Religions: Revised Edition (Penguin reference)

This survey of active twentieth-century religions has been completely revised, with all its chapters updated to include modern developments and recent scholarship, and with seven entirely new chapters. A team of over twenty leading international scholars provides up-to-date information on: -- The sources and history of the world's religions, from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism-- Their teaching, practices, and popular traditions-- Gender and spirituality; the black African diaspora-- Developments in the twentieth century and recent scholarship, including new material on ChinaWith charts and diagrams to illustrate and clarify the text, A New Handbook of Living Religions is the definitive guide to understanding the world's active belief systems and an ideal companion volume to John R. Hinnells's The Penguin Dictionary of Religions.

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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.

About the Author:

John R. Hinnells is professor of religious studies at the University of Derby. He has written or edited many books for Penguin.

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