Religion in Contemporary Cultures
Major religions have spread across the globe; as they penetrate societies, they change local customs to conform to their teachings. As this fascinating series shows, religions not only change local culture, local culture changes religion. What is the importance of religion in today's world? What impact has globalization had on religious traditions?
This unprecedented series examines the critical issue of the interplay between major world religions and the local cultures in which they exist.
Religion is an increasingly contentious topic. The media, politicians, and religious leaders frequently cast political and cultural clashes as religious issues. Understanding the realities of the world's great religions becomes ever more critical to global harmony. In an increasingly interconnected world, cultures blend as populations shift, carrying with them local beliefs and customs.
ABC-CLIO's Religion in Contemporary Cultures series examines the nexus between the disciplines of religious studies and cultural geography. Topics such as the place of multiculturalism and globalization in religious tradition, the place of religion in the development of nationalism, and the variegated roles of religion within a given culture provide current scholarship on each religious tradition within a global context.
• Skillfully written for a general audience
• The most current scholarship available, including the effects of recent major conflicts
• A unique approach, acknowledging that religions are not monolithic, but respond to cultural context
• An introductory essay detailing the history and practices of each religion
• Eight single-chapter essays, each the original work of a leading scholar of the religion as practiced in a particular geographical area
• An annotated bibliography, organized by chapter and theme
• An extensive A–Z treatment of terms, themes, issues, and concepts