Belief, Culture, and Controversy (Academic)
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As both the first ever academic database devoted to religious studies and a living resource updated daily, World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy offers researchers a comprehensive research arena unlike any other.
In World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy, primary and secondary sources elucidate matters of belief, practice, celebrations, and holidays; important individuals and events; significant and sacred places; and much more. Coverage spans time—with treatment given to such ancient faiths as Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam and new religious movements as well—and place, facilitating focused investigations as well as comparative studies. In both reference materials and original journal articles, leading scholars lend their expertise and ensure that database content reflects developments in scholarship and the field itself.
- More than 50 religion overviews, covering such topics as agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Shinto
- Roughly 30 academic roundtables featuring scholars such as William Pencak, Michael Baltutis, and Khaleel Mohammed that provide compelling treatment of long-standing and current debates in religious studies
- More than 6,000 extensive reference entries on religion in every country, including statistics on the number of followers of various beliefs in the past and present as well as projections for the future
- Nearly 3,000 images and primary sources, including photographs of holy sites and places of worship and selections from various key religious texts
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- Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases' topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, reference material, and journal articles.
- Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate the precise resources they seek.
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- Advisory Board
- Topic Centers
• Ismaili Islam
• Traditional Religions
• Egypt and Near East
• Eastern Orthodox
• Conservative Judaism
• Orthodox Judaism
• Reform Judaism
• Western Esotericism
• Chinese Religions
• New Religions
• Unification Church
• Smarta Tradition
• Sect Shinto
• Shrine Shinto
|Other Faiths and Beliefs|
• Other Faiths and Beliefs
• Baha'i Faith
"The unbiased delivery of the information is impressive: it conveys plenty of facts but injects no bias or prejudice, a valuable trait, especially when dealing with religious subjects. Each subsection includes an Overview article with a clear, succinct introduction to the faiths, along with links (at screen left) to Articles; Media, Visuals, Maps, and Flags; a Time Line; and Glossary Terms. I particularly appreciate the Glossary—terms in it provide context as well as common links among religions (for example, the entry for dharma begins, 'Dharma is a central concept in the major philosophies and religions of India, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism'). The CLIOview link on the homepage leads to an especially useful feature: the capability to easily compare multiple religions or countries on a variety of points (e.g., number of adherents, percentage of population) within the database. In advanced-search mode, students can do a text search and limit it by category (articles, media, etc.), religions (the 12 subsections), countries, and time periods.
BOTTOM LINE: WRBCC is heartily recommended to public libraries as well as academic libraries serving religious studies courses. The superb scholarship is combined with the uninflected 'voice' of the signed articles, ease of comparing and contrasting aspects of different religions, and attractive and practical design. An unqualified ten, this is one for the ages."
2019 Silver Award — Modern Library Awards
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