Religions of Asia Today

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-15
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Ideal for courses in Asian/Eastern religions,Religions of Asia Today,Second Edition, covers the same material contained in the authors' longer textbook,World Religions Today,Fourth Edition, while also featuringa unique chapter on Islam in Asia. Religions of Asia Today,Second Edition, reveals the significance of religion in contemporary life. Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, Islam in Asia, indigenous religions, and new religions are explored as dynamic, ongoing forces in the lives of individuals and in the collective experience of modern societies.This unique volume accomplishes two goals: it connects today's Asian religions to their classical beliefs and practices and focuses on how these religions have responded to and been transformed by the modern world.The authors combine thorough coverage of the historical background of each religion with up-to-the-minute discussions of its current practices. This volume is enhanced by numerous pedagogical aids--text boxes, timelines, maps, discussion questions, a comprehensive glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading--and more than 100 photographs and illustrations. NEW TO THIS EDITION: * Updates throughoutthat cover more aspects of the current international situation and developments in religious life around the world * "Rituals and Rites" boxesexamining rituals that have changed in practice or meaning over time * "Gender Focus" boxesthat highlight gender-specific customs within each faith * A revised and updated Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CDcontaining overviews, learning goals, and summaries for each chapter; lecture outlines; PowerPoint-based lecture slides; fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and true/false test questions; sample essay/discussion questions; flash cards of key terms; and suggested reading, viewing, and links * An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/espositofeaturing all of the material on the Instructor's Manual and additional resources for students ALSO AVAILABLE TO SUIT YOUR COURSE NEEDS: World Religions Today,Fourth Edition (978-0-19-975951-4) Religions of the West Today,Second Edition (978-0-19-975950-7)

Author Biography

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Darrell J. Fasching is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. Todd Lewis is Professor of World Religions at the College of the Holy Cross.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 3
Globalization: World Religions in Everyone's Hometownp. 3
Why Study World Religions?p. 5
Our Taskp. 6
Understanding Religious Experience and Its Formative Elementsp. 7
The Great Religious Stories of the Worldp. 18
Historical Overview: From Premodern to Postmodernp. 25
The Modern/Postmodern Transition: Colonialism, the Socialist Challenge, and the End of Modernityp. 29
Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial Worldp. 33
Conclusion: We Are All Heretics in the Postmodern Situatingp. 34
Discussion Questionsp. 34
Key Termsp. 35
Notesp. 35
Indigenous Religionsp. 37
Overviewp. 37
Origins of Homo religiosus: Prehistoryp. 38
Religion's Origins Among Hunter-Gatherersp. 41
Indigenous Religious Traditions: Soul Belief and Afterlifep. 48
Shamans: "Technicians of the Sacred"p. 54
Indigenous Religions Todayp. 62
Conclusionp. 70
Discussion Questionsp. 71
Key Termsp. 72
Suggested Readingsp. 72
Notesp. 73
Additional Resourcesp. 73
Hinduism and Other South Asian Religions: Myriad Paths to Liberationp. 75
Overviewp. 75
Defining Hinduism: Unity, Diversity, Localitiesp. 76
Encounter with Modernity: Hindu Challenges to India as a Secular Statep. 79
Premodern Hinduism: The Formative Erap. 82
Premodern Hinduism: The Classical Era (180 bce-900 CE)p. 90
Premodern Hinduism: The Postclassical Era (900 ce-1500 CE)p. 102
Hinduism and Modernityp. 110
Hinduism and Postmodern Trends in a PostcolonialWorldp. 121
Hindu Festival Practicep. 133
The Religious Institutions of Contemporary Hinduismp. 141
Conclusionp. 161
Discussion Questionsp. 164
Key Termsp. 165
Suggested Readingsp. 166
Notesp. 167
Additional Resourcesp. 167
Buddhism: Paths Toward Nirvanap. 169
Overviewp. 169
Encounter with Modernity: Socially "Engaged Buddhism"p. 171
Premodern Buddhism: The Formative Era (600 bce-100 CE)p. 176
Premodern Buddhism: The Classical Era (100-800 CE)p. 190
Premodern Buddhism: Buddhist Expansion (400-1500 CE)p. 205
Buddhism and Modernityp. 211
Buddhism and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial Worldp. 225
Conclusionp. 250
Discussion Questionsp. 252
Key Termsp. 253
Suggested Readingsp. 254
Notesp. 255
Additional Resourcesp. 255
East Asian Religions: Traditions of Human Cultivation and Natural Harmonyp. 257
Overviewp. 257
Geographical Orientationp. 259
Encounter with Modernity: The Fall and Return of Confucianismp. 262
East Asian Religions in the Formative Era (1500 bce-200 CE)p. 266
East Asian Religions in the Early Modern Erap. 296
East Asian Religions and Postmodern Trends in a Postcolonial Worldp. 307
Conclusion: Have We Entered a Third Confucian Age?p. 339
Discussion Questionsp. 344
Key Termsp. 345
Suggested Readingsp. 345
Notesp. 346
Additional Resourcesp. 347
Islam in Asiap. 349
Overviewp. 349
The Dawn of Islam in Asiap. 352
The Islamic Traditionp. 355
Jihadp. 366
The Challenge of European Colonialismp. 367
Conclusionp. 380
Discussion Questionsp. 380
Key Termsp. 381
Suggested Readingsp. 381
Notesp. 382
Additional Resourcesp. 382
Globalization: From New to New Age Religionsp. 385
Overviewp. 385
Encounter with Modernity: The Challenge of Global Diversity to the "Purity" of Traditionp. 387
New Religionsp. 388
New Age Religionsp. 395
Conclusion: The Postmodern Challenge-Can There Be a Global Ethic in a World of Religious Diversity?p. 409
Discussion Questionsp. 422
Suggested Readingsp. 422
Notesp. 423
Additional Resourcesp. 423
Glossary G-1
Art Credits A-1
Index I-1
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