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Featuring work from expert contributors, World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Fourth Edition, provides students with an authoritative examination of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese religions. Accessible and engaging, this acclaimed text explores the origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, rituals and practices, influences on culture, and responses to modern challenges for each tradition.
* 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
Brief Contents Full Contents Contributors 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 Origins Classical Hinduism Schools and Communities of Theology Practices, Rituals, and Arts Recent Developments Summary 3. Sikh Traditions Overview Crystallization Practice Differentiation Cultural Expressions Interaction and Adaptation Recent Developments Summary 4. Jaina Traditions Overview The Shramana Revolution The Early Sangha Major Developments Practice Expressive Dimensions Jainas Among Others Women Recent Developments Summary 5. Buddhist Traditions Overview The First Gem: The Buddha The Second Gem: The Dharma The Third Gem: The Sangha Early Buddhism Theravada Buddhism Mahayana, The Second Vehicle Vajrayana, The Third Vehicle Interaction and Adaptation in East Asia Cultural Expressions Buddhism in the Modern World Recent Developments Summary 6. Chinese and Korean Traditions Overview 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) Korean Religions Recent Developments: 1897 to the Present Summary 7. Japanese Traditions Overview Foundations Pivotal Developments in Japanese Religious History New Emphases in Japanese Religious Practice Continuities of Religious Practice Global and Domestic Trends Recent Developments Summary 8. Current Issues Religion and Politics Fundamentalism Bioethics The Environment Gender and Sexuality Religious Diversity Credits Index