World Religions Reference Library, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414406126
  • ISBN-13: 9781414406121
  • DDC: 200
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • 1144 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released December 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Religion influences the views and actions of many people, in both political and personal ways. To make sense of many historical and current events, to learn how many people find meaning and purpose in their lives, students and the general public need to understand the development and doctrines of the world's religions. UXL's World Religions Reference Library meets the demand for a thorough, objective resource covering the history, traditions and worldviews of dominant and less prominent religions and their sects and offshoots.

The two Almanac volumes focus on Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. Less traditional and practiced religions are also included such as Shinto and Daoism.

The two Biographies volumes cover the lives and influence of key figures in various religions and religious movements throughout history. Biography entries include Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Martin Luther, Moses, Black Elk, Gandhi, Mother Theresa and others.

The Primary Sources volume excerpts and explains scriptures, spiritual writings and other sources that allow students to gain an appreciation of the core beliefs of the world's religions. Includes a separately published comprehensive index.

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    ISBN-10: 1414402260 | ISBN-13: 9781414402260


"Written for high school level students and general readers, this five-volume set (and an included, separately bound index) offers accessible information on a broad scope of topics. Two volumes are devoted to biographies, two contain an almanac, and one volume contains primary sources. The cumulative index for the set is contained within a paperbound pamphlet. The almanac consists of chapters summarizing the history, traditions, and world views of 16 religions both ancient and modern as well as an introductory essay on what religion is, and a chapter on agnoticism and atheism. Each of these volumes is indexed and a glossary is provided. Books, periodicals, and web sites are identified as sources of further information; there is no cross-referencing. Biographies of 50 men and women are contained in two volumes, ranging from figures in ancient Egypt (Akhenaten) to current figures (Thich Nhat Hahn, Desmond Tutu). The volume on primary sources contains 18 excerpts from a broad variety of sacred texts, each of them accompanied by thorough explanatory material, including an introduction, study questions, additional facts, and definitions of terms in the text's margin. The texts are grouped according to theme, whether creation stories, characteristics of the divine or religion as a guide to living.", May 2007


"At this time in our history, it has become even more imperative that our students learn about the differences and similarities in the World's Religions, and this set provides an excellent synopsis of both dominant and less prominent religions, their sects, and other offshoots. Each volume in this series begins with the same Reader's Guide and Glossary, but the Timeline of Events varies. Sidebars and inset boxes offer additional information while black and white photographs and reproductions illustrate throughout the text. Chapters end with brief bibliographies of books, periodical articles, and web sites suggested for further research. Because both the Almanac and Biographies are two volumes, indexes to both volumes are found in each title as are the closing 'Where to Learn More' bibliographies." --Reference for Students, May 2007

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"Accessible and respectful, the set is a useful reference for public and school libraries, particularly for basic information about non-Western religions." --Booklist, March 15, 2007

— Booklist

"This is a solid collection of five volumes with a separate cumulative index that encompasses the people, philosophies, sects, and social developments of the world's religions from antiquity to the present. This set is a good, introductory supplement [to] the religion collections of middle and high schools media center." --ARBA, March 2007


"This basic, well-written overview of major world religions, whose look, feel, and reading level make it suitable for middle school or high school students, is recommended for public and school libraries." --Library Journal, March 15, 2007

— Library Journal