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The World's Religions  Huston Smith         1991  Harper SanFrancisco

A survey of major world religions accomplished with respect for each tradition. Best in the field.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to World Religions ; Brandon Toropov       1997 Macmillan

A well organized presentation of elementary information on many world religions. The book assumes little or no knowledge of the subjects covered. 

 Encyclopedia of World Religions    Wendy Doniger, Consulting Editor     1999          Merriam-Webster 

A definitive resource for research about world religions.

Religion: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia     David Levinson          1998  Oxford 

A particular strength is coverage of less well known facets of religion such as Cosmology, Evil Eye, Life-cycle Rites, Meditation, Possession and Trance, Sacrifice and Offering, Soul, Supernatural Beings, Taboo. 

The Major Religions: An Introduction With Texts    T. Patrick Burke          1996  Blackwell 

 Fairly intense presentation of information on eight major religious families.  

Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions and Festivals
Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O'Brien, Martin Palmer, Martin Marty            1997 Facts on File

 Nine major world religion traditions are addressed.  

One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship Mary Pope Osborne   1996 Alfred Knopf

Good pictures plus text that uses short sentences and understandable words makes this book especially useful..  

The Eliade Guide to World Religions  by Mircea Eliade and Ioan P Couliano       1991   HarperCollins

A detailed analysis of backgrounds, elementary beliefs, and structural formats of 33 major religious traditions. 

The Elements of World Religions      Liz Flowers      1997  Element Books Inc

A condensed review of  major religions - including an overview of primal religions honoring them as points of contact with "origins"

Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year   David Ewing Duncan 1998  Avon Books 

Lunar and solar dating of religious events forms the background for calendar development. 

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order  Samuel P Huntington 1996 Simon & Schuster

A scholarly presentation on what is happening to civilizations today based on history and the assumption that religion is the key factor in all civilizations.

Reviewed on September 28, 2016

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