By J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann
J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann. Religions of the realm: A accomplished Encyclopedia of ideals and Practices. ABC-CLIO, 2010. 3368 Pages
Publication Date: September 21, 2010 | ISBN-10: 159884203X | ISBN-13: 978-1598842036 | version: 2
Religions of the realm, moment variation: A finished Encyclopedia of ideals and PracticeS is a rare paintings, bringing jointly the scholarship of a few 225 specialists from around the world. The encyclopedia's six volumes provide entries on each nation of the realm, with specific emphasis at the greater countries, in addition to Indonesia and the Latin American international locations which are routinely given little cognizance in English-language reference works. Entries contain profiles on faith within the world's smallest international locations (the Vatican and San Marino), profiles on faith in lately demonstrated or disputed international locations (Kosovo and Nagorno-Karabakh), in addition to profiles on faith in a number of the world's such a lot overseas (Antarctica and Easter Island).
Religions of the realm is exclusive in that it really is dependent in faith "on the ground," tracing the advance of every of the sixteen significant international spiritual traditions via its institutional expressions within the sleek international, its significant geographical websites, and its significant celebrations. not like different works, the encyclopedia additionally covers the area of non secular unbelief as expressed in atheism, humanism, and different traditions.
From college Library Journal
Grade nine Up-In an strange, artistic, and powerful method, this encyclopedia surveys faith by way of nation, in addition to by way of person entries for every sect or religion. The 240 long essays supply a transparent assessment of non secular orientation in every one kingdom and are followed by way of maps and tables (including 50-year projections of numbers of adherents). They on my own are definitely worth the set's price. The 5 greatest spiritual groups plus Jainism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, and 7 different significant traditions earn vast person articles. one other one thousand entries disguise "the most crucial spiritual our bodies within the world." evidently, a number of groups and corporations (e.g., Taize in France) are neglected, however the scope of those volumes is however striking. The entries on Islam and its Sunni, Shiite, and Wahabi editions are of specific curiosity. Bibliographic citations and mailing addresses finish each one access, and site references abound. "Unbelief" gets a long access, and atheism is unique from "nonreligious" in information. (Atheism and agnosticism usually are not cross-referenced to Unbelief, even though the opposite is true.) With any paintings of this dimension, minor mistakes seem, yet they're few. Occasional average-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions illustrate those volumes. This set is meant for classy users.
Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's university, Newport, RI
Copyright 2003 Reed company info, Inc. --This textual content refers back to the Library Binding edition.
From Library Journal
This finished, four-volume paintings info the heritage, improvement, association, present prestige, and phone info for significant businesses linked to a variety of dwelling international faiths. Edited with the needful authority by way of Melton (director, Inst. for the learn of yank faith) and Baumann (history of religions, Univ. of Lucerne), this exact encyclopedia isn't taken with defining and examining the main international religions yet quite with providing the constitutive groups, teams, and institutions inside of each one faith. the result's a type of "encyclopedia of associations" for international religions with impressive statement. The 1200 alphabetically prepared entries were contributed through 2 hundred foreign students reflecting diversified examine pursuits and spiritual affiliations. a few sixteen middle essays give you the framework for the indexed companies, protecting the key religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in addition to conventional African religions, Western esoteric traditions, and a common attention of unbelief. within the ultimate entries, readers will come across info at the Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin, Freemasonry, the Legion of Mary, Santer!a, serpent handlers, the Reformed Church in the USA, and Satanism, to call a couple of. one other significant function is the inclusion of entries for 276 famous international locations and territories, assessing the certain position of faith and spiritual perform inside of each one and providing statistical tables in addition to maps supplied by means of David. B. Barrett, writer of worldwide Christian Encyclopedia. The booklet is absolutely listed and cross-referenced, and the entire entries are signed and contain suitable addresses, sites, and bibliographies. This awesome paintings is suggested for educational and bigger public libraries, which would additionally reflect on Barrett's paintings as a better half volume.
John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville
Hardcover: 3200 pages (3365 - this pdf)
Publisher: ABC-CLIO; 2 variation (September 21, 2010)
Printed booklet Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.5 x 11.8 inches