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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions (Cambridge Illustrated Histories) Hardcover – January 28, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521810371 ISBN-10: 052181037X Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated Histories
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (January 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052181037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521810371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prolific comparative religion scholar Bowker here assembles a team of competent authors to survey religious history. The major religions get thoroughgoing treatment, with short introductions also given to the Zoroastrianism; the religions of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia; aboriginal religions; and new religious movements. Only Baha'i and Mormonism are truly scanted. Christianity receives a separate chapter as well as substantial treatment in chapters on Chinese, Korean, and Japanese religions, but Buddhism in those countries is dealt with only under Buddhism. Some of the articles include sections with a special focus, as in a discussion of women in the entry for Japanese Buddhism or the theme of universality in Christianity, but the overall approach varies from article to article. There is a chronology and basic bibliography, and extensive and helpful illustrations, mainly in color, set off the text without overwhelming it. This volume presents a large amount of information in an engaging way, offering much scholarly insight for the lay reader. It should, however, be used as a companion to other established general introductions to world religions, such as Huston Smith's The Illustrated World's Religions or The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. Useful for students, teachers, and general readers as an introduction to religious history, this work is recommended for public and college libraries. William P. Collins, Library of Congress
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"...a comprehensive, authoritative survey of world religions...a valuable resource for scholars, students, and the general public." Religious Studies Review

"This volume presents a large amount of information in an engaging way, offering much scholarly insight for the lay reader...Useful for students, teachers and general readers as an introduction to religious history, this work is recommended for public and college libraries." Library Journal

"Richly illustrated with copious, full-color photographs, this most recent volume in the ^Cambridge Illustrated History series certainly has visual appeal. Beyond aesthetics, this reference provides concise, but well-researched and informative narratives on the world's major belief systems. Presented in an accesible and attractive format, it will provide general readers and lower-division undergraduates with an elementary understanding of world religions." Choice

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2007
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I use the Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions in a course I teach on World Religions for my university -- it has a good breadth of coverage, good detail, wonderful photography, and a very nice colour layout that makes for easier reading. Editor John Bowker provides an introduction and conclusion as well as one of the topical sections.

In the introduction, Bowker writes, 'There is no known society in which religion has not played a part, and frequently a controlling and creative part. This seems to have been true of the earliest societies, but in their case the history of religions is not easy to write.' Bowker traces the reconstruction and speculation of prehistoric societies, with illustrations of cave paintings, totem poles, Mayan pyramid structures, Native American costumes, and maps of South America and Oceania to help illustrate the diversity of ways beyond the printed word that different peoples have kept alive the religious traditions handed down to them.

'The attempt to write history according to laws governing human behaviour had an immensely important influence during much of the twentieth century, because it created those disciplines which called themselves "the social science".' This is not, however, the only possible way to explore religion, and Bowker and his fellow authors do stretch their reporting and analysis beyond this framework. Some tap into the common core of ideas that seems to permeate the different religions, and some do anthropological studies that look for echoes of the present in the past.

This book is useful both as a reference and as a narrative history, designed for reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prateek on January 20, 2012
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This book offers some valuable insight to some of the major religions of the world. Some of the things I read about my religion were pretty interesting; even I was unaware of some of the information. I suggest everyone should read this title so you could understand people from other religions and their history better. It would make you more respectful to them too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlotte32 on February 18, 2014
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Great book really informative about religions. How many different types and how they playex a role in society. I would recommend this book to any college student.
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By JosephJacobs on October 21, 2014
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gailyn A. Williams on February 15, 2009
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