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World Religions

Western Traditions, Third Edition

The late Willard G. Oxtoby and Amir Hussain

This contributed volume examines in detail the major Western religious traditions, namely Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam, and religions of the ancient world. The text traces each tradition in depth from its origins, through its development, to the religion's meaning and practice in today's society. Comprehensive and accessible, the new third edition offers a thorough and engaging introduction to the Western faiths.

Readership : First- and second-year university and college full-year courses on world religions, and one-semester courses on Western religions, offered out of religion or history departments.

Alan Segal: Preface
1. Roy C. Amore and Amir Hussain: About Religion
2. Michael Desrochers: Traditions of the Ancient World (NEW)
3. Alan Segal: Jewish Traditions
4. Roy Amore: Christian Traditions
5. Amir Hussain: Muslim Traditions
6. Ken Derry: Indigenous Traditions (NEW)
7. Roy Amore: New Religions and Movements (NEW)
8. Amir Hussain and Roy Amore: Current Trends in Religion

Instructor's Manual
Student Study Guide
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The late Willard G. Oxtoby was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he launched the graduate program in the study of religion.

Amir Hussain is a Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. For 2011 to 2015, he is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the field's most respected journal.

World Religions - The late Willard G. Oxtoby
Edited by Roy C. Amore
World Religions Today - John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, Todd Lewis and Paul Bowlby
Religions of the West Today - John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching and Todd Lewis
Religions of Asia Today - John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching and Todd Lewis
A Concise Introduction to World Religions / Document Guide for the Humanities Pack - Edited by The late Willard G. Oxtoby and Alan F. Segal
Deconstructing Men & Masculinities - Michael Atkinson

Special Features

  • Eye-catching design. Striking full-colour design and a robust new art program featuring 40 photos and 8 full-colour maps brings the study of world religions to life.
  • Historical approach. Historically rich and descriptive, this text provides a thorough treatment of Western religions
  • Rigorous scholarship. Contributors have been selected for their expertise in their respective areas, providing students with an authoritative treatment of Western religious traditions while maintaining a consistent voice across chapters
  • Contemporary significance. Offers students a timely account of the relationship between religion and today's society by exploring the role of each tradition in contemporary North America.
  • 'Religions of the World' map allows students to place the Western faiths within a geographical context.
  • 'Western Religions Timeline' provides students with a historical context for understanding religious movements and events.
  • Excellent pedagogy. Includes maps, photographs, religious timelines, lists of key dates, annotated further reading lists, study questions and excerpts from primary texts, to help further student comprehension.
  • NEW! Fully redesigned and full-colour throughout, this text is delight to look at and will draw students into the material.
  • NEW! 'Why Religion?' introductory chapter explores religion and how it interacts with culture.
  • NEW! 'Current Trends in Religion' concluding chapter explores conservatism/fundamentalism, bioethics, interfaith dialogue, ecology, and more, giving students perspective on current issues in the study of religion
  • NEW! New chapters on Ancient religions (Ch 2); Indigenous traditions (Ch 6); and new religious movements (Ch 7).
  • NEW! Includes more coverage of the role of women throughout, ensuring that students have an in-depth understanding of the Western faiths.
  • NEW! Pedagogical features such as 'Traditions at a Glance' boxes, scripture boxes, bolded key terms, glossary, and a list of web links help students grasp key concepts.
  • NEW! New ancillary package includes a companion website for instructors and students, making this the most comprehensive and useful resource available.