- Publisher: Kalimat Pr (September 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890688274
- ISBN-13: 978-1890688271
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life After Death: A Study of the Afterlife in World Religions
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One of the most important features of the book is that, in discussing afterlife, she quotes "chapter and verse" from the sacred texts of each religion. Each chapter focusing on a religion includes the major writings of the religion, the primary concepts that relate to afterlife, the influence and/or similarities of that religion in relationship to other religions.
The big difference between religions of the East and West involves the concepts of reincarnation and transmigration which form the cornerstone of Eastern belief about afterlife but remain a minority position and esoteric idea in the West. The chapter on the Near-Death Experience (NDE) provides a standard and basic overview. She concludes that the most plausible explanation for NDE's is that they are, "universally available mystical experiences". The final chapter, "Religion and the NDE Phenomenon", is an excellent integration of the NDE into the literature of the world's religions.
All-in-all, Life After Death by Farnaz Masumian is an outstanding book. Having the Scripture and verse quotations from the world's religions alone is worth the price of the book. Added to this is her careful analysis of the concepts and contradictions both within and between the various religions. This book is a "must" for all students of life after death in general and the NDE in particular.
So for arguments sake, you're alive and you know someday you won't be. You would like to know what's on the other side. This book by Farnaz Ma'Sumian can provide you details on the beliefs of all the major religions in the world. The book offers an introductory overview of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Bahai.
Additionaly Ma'Sumian has researched Near-Death Experiences (NDE) quite well and offers a broad explanation of current theories to these experiences.
The book is fair, impartial and well written. For those seeking theological information on the subject of life after death this is a wonderful introduction.