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The Cambridge illustrated history of religions / edited by John Bowker.

Bowker, John, 1935-
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The Cambridge illustrated history of religions provides a comprehensive survey of world religions from pre-history to the present day. Each religion is treated in depth, with text written by an acknowledged academic expert supported by lavish illustration. Images have been carefully chosen to complement the text. There are special box features and spreads. The religions covered include Jainism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Hindu religions, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, along with smaller sections on Zoroaster and Parsis, Greece and Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia, aboriginal religions, Shamanism, and modern religions such as Bahai. The book includes a substantial bibliography, a full chronology for each section, a general chronology giving the most significant dates from all religions, and information on religious phenomena such as festivals and calendars. This is an authoritative reference book in an attractive format which will appeal equally to students of religion, teachers, and general interested readers.


Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Physical description

336 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm.


Introduction / John Bowker -- Indian religions and the Hindu tradition / Gavin Flood -- Jainism / Paul Dundas -- Sikhism / Eleanor Nesbitt -- Buddhism : India and Southeast Asia / David L. Gosling -- Buddhism : Tibet / Adrian Abbotts -- Buddhism : China / Roger Corless -- Buddhism : Japan / Paul Ingram -- Buddhism : Korea / Youngsook Pak -- Chinese religion / Xinzhong Yao -- Korean religion / James Huntley Grayson -- Japanese religions / Jay Sakashita -- Judaism / Jonathan Magonet -- Zarathustra and the Parsis / John Bowker -- Mediterranean religions : Classical Greek and Roman religion / David Bowker -- Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia / John Bowker -- Christianity / David L. Edwards -- Norse religion / David Bowker -- Islam / Penelope Johnstone -- New religions / John Bowker -- Chronologies -- Bibliography.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 320-325) and index.


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