Comprehensive Encyclopedias of Religions
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Core Encyclopedias of Individual Religions
Series: Handbook of oriental studies = Handbuch der Orientalistik, Section two, South Asia; volume 31.
Volume 1 of a projected multi-volume set. Organized thematically, rather than by the usual dictionary entry approach. "Sikhism is one of the most important religious traditions of South Asian origin.... Brill’s Encyclopedia of Sikhism aims to make available in-depth critical scholarship on all the main aspects of the Sikh traditions...." [Publisher]
"Provides a wealth of information on early Christian history; saints and other important Coptic church figures; art and architecture; and archaeology of the lands currently called Egypt, Nubia/Sudan, and Ethiopia. An international group of scholars contributed 2,800 signed articles, ranging in length from a brief paragraph to several pages and including cross-references, bibliographies, and many illustrations. More than 400 entries are devoted to monasteries. Vol. 8 consists of an appendix of articles on the current knowledge of the origins of the Coptic language and its dialects, 12 maps, and the index." [Guide to Reference]
"[P]resents Caribbean religions in a way that combines the breadth of the comparative approach with the depth of Caribbean spirituality as an ever-changing and varied historical phenomenon." [Introduction]
The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World is the first cohesive and discreet reference work which covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The online edition is updated with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material. [adapted from the publisher's description]
Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. Volume 1 is an A to Z sequence of articles on Islamic culture, religion, and people in the contemporary U.S. Articles cover major events, organizations, religious practices, and gender and family issues, and end with timely bibliographies. Volume 2 reproduces primary documents on these issues.
"Offers 625 signed articles with bibliographies, written by an international group of scholars, on all aspects of monastic life in Eastern Christianity, Western Christianity, and Buddhism.... Well illustrated with photographs and diagrams in color and black and white." [Guide to Reference]
"Covers the history and theology of Protestantism, which Hillerbrand essentially defines as any Christian denomination not Roman Catholic or Orthodox, thus including some that many (including themselves) would not define as such. Over 1,000 signed articles include denominations, people, places, events, texts, doctrines, and topics. Entries range from a column to several pages; each has a short bibliography. Alphabetization is problematic, with some headings inverted and others not; readers will need to use the thematic list of entries or the index to be sure of finding relevant articles...." [Guide to Reference]
"Notwithstanding all the controversies associated with the notions and practices of religion and spirituality, they both permeate practically every sphere of human culture, from literature and music to health and scholarship. Concepts associated with them are ubiquitous in the language; religious names and symbols enrich and inspire human culture and societies.This compendium of brief essays on some of the major topics associated with religion and spirituality is informative and erudite, but by no means exhaustive in its selection of topics or complete in their treatment. Practically all the scholars included are of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The list of leading religious and spiritual figures consists only of those associated with the Abrahamic faiths and Buddha. Not all Christian denominations have an entry. On the other hand, there are articles on some major organizations, such as the Sierra Club and UNICEF; places of religious significance; and key concepts and practices, like rituals, yoga, and prayer." [Choice review, 01 June 2006]
Extensive articles on women's experiences with a wide variety of religions represented in North America--African traditions, Catholicism, Protestanism, Orthodox, Judaism, Asian religions, and new religious movements. Covers ordination, social reform, women-centered theology, religious education and other contemporary issues. Substantial bibliographies.
An overview of evangelicalism from World War II to 2016. "...coverage of the many dimensions of and diversity within evangelicalism and... documentation of the specific contributions evangelicals have made in American society and culture.... [I]llustrates the Evangelical movement's influence internationally in key issues such as human rights, environmentalism, and gender and sexuality." [Publisher's web site]
Covers for the first time the 2000-year old story of Christianity in India and its neighbouring countries. Looking at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives, alongside India, as well as Myanmar, Afghanistan, and the global South Asian diaspora, the Encyclopaedia celebrates the trans-cultural, migratory, and unique nature of South Asian Christianity. [Publisher's description]
"[T]he most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.... [B]ridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism." [from the publisher's description]
Scarecrow Press has published an extended series of one-volume historical dictionaries of religions. To browse the list search for Search for "History Dictionary of" and the name of the religion in the Library Catalog. For the newer editions search for, "A to Z of" as a phrase in Guided Keyword AND the name of the religion. Example:
You can also browse the Historical Dictionaries list by searching "Historical Dictionaries of Religions Philosophies and Movements" as a title.