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The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer

Volume 1, issue Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137989
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195137989.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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This book is a reference for understanding world religious societies in their contemporary global diversity. The contributors are leading scholars of world religions, many of whom are also members of the communities they study. Comprising sixty articles, the book focuses on communities rather than beliefs, symbols, or rites. It is organized into six sections corresponding to the major living religious traditions: the Indic cultural region, the Buddhist/Confucian, the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim regions, and the African cultural region. In each section, an introductory article discusses the social development of that religious tradition historically. The other articles cover the basic social facts: the community's size, location, organizational and pilgrimage centers, authority figures, patterns of governance, major subgroups, and schisms; as well as issues regarding boundary maintenance, political involvement, roles in providing cultural identity, and encounters with modernity. Communities in the diaspora and at the periphery are covered, as well as the central geographic regions of the religious traditions. For example, Islamic communities in Asia and the United States are included along with Islamic societies in the Middle East.

Keywords: world religions; religious traditions; social development; pilgrimage centers; schisms; cultural identity; modernity; Asia; United States; Middle East

Book.  674 pages. 

Subjects: Religion

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Thinking Globally About Religion in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Thinking Globally about Hinduism in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Traditional Brahmanical Society in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Popular Hindu Movements in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Hindu Communities Abroad in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Thinking Globally about Buddhism in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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Theravada Buddhist Societies in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

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