Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11
by Arvind Sharma and Madhu Khanna, Editors
February 2013, 256pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37896-6
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In the more than one decade’s time since September 11, 2001, one could argue that little headway has been made in moving toward a world with less fear of our mutual cultural and religious differences; certainly, armed conflicts involving religion and ideology rage unabated. Could an Asian perspective help us in a post-September 11 world? Are the teachings of the religion of Jainism, an Indian religion over two millennia old, still relevant today?

This book offers a unique perspective on September 11 and our world after this tragic event, sharing lessons from an Asian religious experience that can help heal a world troubled by religious conflicts and deepening divisions, and promote a positive global transformation.

Existing literature regarding the events of September 11 and our world afterward has focused mostly on the West and the Middle East. Asian Perspectives on the World’s Religions after September 11 extends this discussion to include Asia—a continent and culture far too important to be ignored in any assessment of the global impact of this event.

The book is organized along the following themes, as they emerged post-September 11th: religion and civilizational dialogue; religion, conflict, and peace; religion and human rights; religion and ethics; religion and the arts; religion, hermeneutics, and literature; religion and gender; religion and ecology; and religion and globalization. Individuals who are studying or teaching political science, international relations, philosophy, ethics, Asian studies, or religious studies will find the text invaluable, while general readers will appreciate the largely unvoiced Asian perspective on this topic.

Arvind Sharma, PhD, is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the faculty of religious studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has also taught at The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney in Australia, and at Temple University and Harvard University. Sharma is editor of Praeger's four-volume set The World's Religions after September 11 and author of Are Human Rights Western?: A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations and Problematizing Religious Freedom.

Madhu Khanna is professor of comparative religion at the Center for the Study of Comparative Religion and Civilizations at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India, and is also affiliated with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. She is president of the Tantra Foundation and was the convenor of the Global Congress on World's Religions after September 11—An Asian Perspective, held January 17–19, 2009, along with Arvind Sharma.


"Sixteen papers cover several topics regarding Asian perspectives on the world's religions after September 11th. Individual topics include the Islamic perspective, Jainism, tolerance of early Buddhism, and the concept of religious freedom."—Book News, June 1, 2013
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