Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations

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Linda Woodhead
Psychology Press, 2002 - Religion - 393 pages
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This is a guide to contemporary religions. It brings together the methods of both the humanities and the social sciences to offer an introduction to work in the study of religion. Religion in the Modern World is comprehensive in its coverage. It considers the main religious traditions of both Asia and the West, as well as new forms of religion and spirituality such as New Age. In addition to providing an historical introduction to each religion, the volume offers detailed and original analysis of their interactions with modernity. Topics covered include: religion, colonialism and postcolonialism; religious nationalism; women and religion; religion and globalization; securalization and sacralization; religion and authority; religion and the turn to self; the rise of new spiritualities.

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This book has been as a course book at the University of Turku in the basic studies of Comparative Religion. So it is a humanistic non-fiction book with high quality. There are many authors and ... Read full review

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The editors, all from the religious studies department of Lancaster University, have created an excellent textbook on contemporary religions and spiritualities. Although designed for undergraduate ... Read full review

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The editors, Linda Woodhead, Paul Fletcher, Hiroko Kawanami and David Smith are all members of the Religious Studies Department at Lancaster University, one of the leading international institutions in the study of religion.

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