South Asia is home to many of the world's most vibrant religious
faiths. It is also one of the most dynamic and historically rich
regions on earth, where changing political and social structures
have caused religions to interact and hybridise in unique ways.
This textbook introduces the contemporary religions of South Asia,
from the indigenous religions such as the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and
Sikh traditions, to incoming influences such as Christianity,
Judaism and Islam. In ten chapters, it surveys the nine leading
belief systems of South Asia and explains their history, practices,
values and worldviews. A final chapter helps students relate what
they have learnt to religious theory, paving the way for future
study. Written by leading experts, Religions of South Asia combines
solid scholarship with clear and lively writing to provide students
with an accessible and comprehensive introduction. All chapters are
specially designed to aid cross-religious comparison, following a
standard format covering set topics and issues; the book reveals to
students the core principles of each faith, compares it to
neighbouring traditions, and its particular place in South Asian
history and society. It is a perfect resource for all students of
South Asia's diverse and fascinating faiths.
|Country of origin:
• Gene Thursby
||Electronic book text
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