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World Christian Encyclopedia
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
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Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

World Christian Encyclopedia
A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in The Modern World
2 Volume Set
Second Edition
Edited by DAVID B. BARRETT, Regent University, GEORGE T. KURIAN, and TODD M. JOHNSON, Trinity Evangelical Divinty School

Here is the completely updated and greatly expanded new edition of a classic reference source--the comprehensive overview of the world's largest religion in all its many versions and in both its religious and secular contexts.

Now in two volumes, the Encyclopedia presents and analyzes an unmatched wealth of information about the extent, status, and characteristics of twentieth-century Christianity worldwide. It takes full account of of Christianity's ecclesiastical branches, subdivisions, and denominations, and treats Christianity in relation to other faiths and the secular realm. It offers an unparalleled comparative study of churches and religions throughout the modern world.

This new edition features a vast range of new and previously unpublished data on the current global situation of Christianity, on religion in general, and on the political, demographic, economic, and social characteristics of the world's cultures and peoples in 238 countries. Each volume is filled with essential information, from historical surveys of denominations to country-by-country profiles of churches and believers. The text sets the cxurrent status of Christianity into a rich historical context, and assesses current trends and future directions.

Many tables, charts, diagrams, photographs, a directory of names and organizations, a glossary, index, and other features ensure accessbility for specialists and non-specialists alike.

The Encyclopedia will be of great value to academics of many disciplines, clergy, administrators, and those who work in Christian and other religious organizations around the world, as well as to anyone interested in current affairs.

Praise for the First Edition:

"Most impressive. Brilliantly produced and arranged, this will undoubtedly be a standard reference work for years to come."--Library Journal

"Nothing less than a tour of considerable force. A bench mark in our understanding of the true religious state of the planet."--Time

"An outstanding compilation of data relating to Christianity throughout the world[for] all academic and public libraries. Highly recommended."--Booklist

"An impressive, country-by-country, denomination-by-denomination and year-by-year survey of most of the worlds religions."--The New York Times

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
4-vol. set

Editor-in-Chief: JOHN L. ESPOSITO, Georgetown University

This unique reference is the first comprehensive encyclopedia dedicated to the institutions, religion, politics, and culture in Muslim societies throughout the world. Placing particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World contains over 750 articles in four volumes. The focus throughout is on the Islamic dimension of the Muslim experience in recent history, and background articles ground the information in its historical context and ensure continuity. Entries address political and social action as well as formal texts, and emphasis is placed on the practice and theory of Islam in Muslim societies around the globe. Unlike more limited explorations of Islam, this work looks at Muslim societies in the Arab heartland as well as in South and Southeast Asia, and even in Europe and the Americas. Thus it is an invaluable resource offering extensive comparative and systematic analyses of Islamic beliefs, institutions, movements, practices, and peoples on an international scale.

Topical categories covered include history and geography; schools of thought; religious beliefs; theology and philosophy; mysticism; religious practice, devotionalism, and ritual; religious law; politics; economics; culture and society; and biographies. Alphabetically arranged articles range from brief 500-word essays to major interpretive and synthetic treatments of topics such as the Islamic state, pilgrimage, law, marriage, and foreign relations. Related entries cover such topics as social and political movements, women, Muslim minorities, human rights, Islam in the West, and interreligious affairs.

Truly multidisciplinary, this work reflects the breadth and depth of contemporary scholarship in Islamic studies, combining the tools of the humanities and social sciences to examine the interrelationship of religion, politics, and culture in Muslim societies and to explain the changing realities of Muslim life. Designed for easy use by both scholars and students, the work has an index and an extensive system of cross-references that provide easy access to the network of related articles throughout the encyclopedia. Entries are written by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars from around the world.

Unique in its focus on the modern Islamic world, this encyclopedia is an invaluable reference for anyone concerned with Islam: scholars and students of many disciplines, government and media analysts who increasingly require an understanding of the Muslim world, and interested lay readers who are becoming more and more familiar with Islamic politics and culture.

"This new encyclopedia...fills an important gap; it does not shy away from such controversial issues as terrorism, holy war, human rights and the status of women."--London Review of Books

"Presenting a rounded picture of a subject about which Americans hear only the extremes, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World is an important purchase for academic and public libraries."--Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"The Middle East is in the headlines daily, but how much do we really know about the culture and history of this vitally important part of the world? For answers, turn to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World....This source has something of interest for everyone from the scholar to the high school student....An invaluable addition to academic and public libraries."--American Libraries

"A valuable reference for every sort of reader....Well edited, clear, and jargon free....Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."--Library Journal

"The topics are well chosen and highly informative, offering lucid analyses of complex concepts that many users will be unfamiliar with."--College & Research Libraries News

1904 pp.; 49 halftones; 8-1/2 x 11; 0-19-514803-7
Published in 2001, Price: $150.00 (08) 


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Third Edition
Edited by the late F. L. CROSS
Third Edition edited by E. A. LIVINGSTONE

Revised and updated--the unrivaled reference on all aspects of the Christian Church

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, since its first publication in 1957, has become the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. This new third edition, the first in over twenty years, builds on the unrivaled reputation of the previous editions. Extensively revised and updated, it reflects important changes in academic opinion and Church organization. There is increased coverage of the Eastern Churches, issues in moral theology, and developments stemming from the Second Vatican Council. Many new entries have been added--including articles on Liberation Theology, the ordination of women, Christianity in Vietnam, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, and the ethics of contraception and abortion--and the extensive bibliographies have been brought up to date. Readers are provided with over 6,000 authoritative cross-referenced A to Z entries covering all aspects of the subject.

Theological issues addressed include the development of doctrines in different Churches, heretical movements and spirituality and their exponents, and the discoveries of Nag Hammadi and their significance for Gnosticism. Coverage of patristic scholarship includes subjects like the problems of Macarius of Egypt and Macarius/Simeon and the recently discovered Sermons of St. Augustine. Churches and denominations are covered in detail, including the beliefs and structures of both the mainstream and the lesser-known denominations such as Shakers, Amish, and Wee Frees and lengthy articles on the history of Christianity throughout the world, in countries such as Ireland, Spain, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Angola, Zaire, and the Phillipines. The Church calendar and organization is a major area of coverage, with articles such as feast and saints' days; Sacraments; church services, offices, rites, and practices; canon law including Catholic revision; councils and synods; and religious orders. Extensive biographical entries include saints, popes, patriarchs, and archbishops; mystics, heretics, and reformers; theologians and philosophers; and artists, poets, and musicians whose work has been influenced by Christianity.

"Remains unrivaled as the authoritative one-volume dictionary of the Christian church, its doctrines and practices, and its most influential historical figures....Highly recommended for general libraries, especially those that serve the needs of informed lay readers or ecclesiastical researchers."--Library Journal

Praise for the Second Edition:

"Has no peer as a one-volume encyclopedia."--The Review and Expositer

E. A. Livingstone was involved in the first edition and assumed the editorship of the second on the death of F.L. Cross. She has been responsible for the organization of the International Conferences on Patristic Studies from 1971 to 1995 and has edited the proceedings. The late F.L. Cross was the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1944 to 1968
1824 pp.; 0-19-211655-X.  Published in 1977, Price $125.00

Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997 by Choice
The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

The definitive one-volume reference work on religions around the world

Religion is an integral part of every culture on Earth. And with the rise of the global village, the great influx of immigrants into the United States from Asia and the Middle East, and the growth of the ecumenical spirit in the last several decades, Americans are becoming more and more curious about the various religions of the world, including such major belief systems as Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam. Now, in The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, readers have at their fingertips a gold mine of information on religions, movements, and cults around the globe and across the centuries.

Here are 8,200 alphabetical entries penned by some eighty contributors from around the world, representing the full spectrum of religious experience. Readers will find information on:

In addition, the Dictionary features a 13,000-item topical index, directing readers to subjects that might not have their own entries, such as Brahman, breathing, death, heavens and paradises, mandala, mantra and yantra, Sufism, yoga, and Zen practice. There is also a detailed system of cross-references so that readers can explore related topics in the book, and suggestions for further reading for those who wish to pursue a subject in greater depth.

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions is the definitive reference work on this subject, the most comprehensive and authoritative one-volume resource available. It is the first place to turn for information on virtually any aspect of religion worldwide.

About the Editor:
John Bowker is Gresham Professor of Divinity at the University of London and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a highly regarded authority on religious studies and a well-known broadcaster on the BBC.

1136 pp.; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-213965-7, Published in 1997. Price $70.00

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