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Religions of the World, 12th Edition

By Lewis M. Hopfe, Mark R. Woodward

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 24, 2011

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Discover the historical importance of religion in the world's cultures


Closely edited for clarity and readability, and conceived for students with little or no background in the academic study of religions, Religions of the World offers the most up-to-date and historically accurate coverage of the world’s major religions.  It not only explains to students why it is imperative to study religions, but does this through the support of primary source documents, coverage of religions as they exist today, and integrated media resources.


In preparing the twelfth edition of Religions of the World, Mark Woodward drew on his introductory teaching experience – to thousands of undergraduates over the last decade – and his living / working experiences in Asian Christian, Buddhist, Confucian and Muslim societies for extended periods.  He continues to stress the importance of religion in the world’s cultures, and the need to promote harmony and understanding among people of different faiths.


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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1     Basic Religions and World Religions 

Chapter 2     Native American Religions

Chapter 3     African Religions


Religions Originating in India


Chapter 4     Hinduism

Chapter 5     Jainism

Chapter 6     Buddhism

Chapter 7     Sikhism


Religions Originating in China and Japan


Chapter 8     Chinese Religions

Chapter 9     Shinto


Religion Origination in the Middle East


Chapter 10     Zoroastrianism

Chapter 11     Judaism

Chapter 12     Christianity

Chapter 13     Islam

Chapter 14     Baha’i (Online Bonus Chapter)





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ISBN-10: 0-205-15860-9

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-15860-7

Format: Book

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