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* New chapter structures better reflect the uniqueness of each tradition
* A new "Recent Developments" section for every tradition provides more focus on contemporary issues
* A revised and updated "Current Issues" chapter better tackles key challenges facing Eastern traditions today
* Additional coverage of the role of women offers students a more inclusive overview of each tradition
* Dynamic pedagogical features including "Traditions at a Glance," "Document," "Focus," and "Sites" boxes, bolded key terms, maps, photographs, timelines, sites, text extracts, and further reading lists help bring each tradition to life for students
* New learning tools including chapter outlines, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and "Sacred Text" tables make difficult topics easier for students to understand
* An exceptional support package includes a Companion Website at www.oupcanada.com/Oxtoby, an Instructor's Manual, a Test Generator, PowerPoint-based slides, a Student Study Guide, and more
Ideal for courses in Asian religions and comparative religions, World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Fourth Edition, combines a historically descriptive perspective with a spirit of sympathetic fascination.
The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this text, was Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.
Roy C. Amore is Professor and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor.
Amir Hussain is Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Table of Contents
Important Features of this Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. About Religion
Basic Human Religion: Looking Both Ways from Stonehenge
Looking Forward from Stonehenge
What Is Religion?
Why Study Religion?
2. Hindu Traditions
Schools and Communities of Theology
Practices, Rituals, and Arts
3. Sikh Traditions
Interaction and Adaptation
4. Jaina Traditions
The Shramana Revolution
The Early Sangha
Jainas Among Others
5. Buddhist Traditions
The First Gem: The Buddha
The Second Gem: The Dharma
The Third Gem: The Sangha
Mahayana, The Second Vehicle
Vajrayana, The Third Vehicle
Interaction and Adaptation in East Asia
Buddhism in the Modern World
6. Chinese and Korean Traditions
The Classical Period to the Qin (c. 2300 BCE-206 BCE)
Han Dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE)
The Six Dynasties Period (220-589)
Sui and Tang (589-907)
The Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties (960-1644)
The Qing Dynasty and the Republican Period (1644-present)
Recent Developments: 1897 to the Present
7. Japanese Traditions
Pivotal Developments in Japanese Religious History
New Emphases in Japanese Religious Practice
Continuities of Religious Practice
Global and Domestic Trends
8. Current Issues
Religion and Politics
Gender and Sexuality