World Religions: Western Traditions is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey that recognizes the diverse traditions behind the monolithic labels of the major Western faiths. For each set of traditions, a specialist explores not only origins, central teachings, divisions and branches, and rituals and practices, but also cultural interactions and responses to modern challenges. Accessible and engaging, this contributed volume is widely considered to be the definitive introduction to the subject.
The late Willard G. Oxtoby, the original editor of this text, was professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he launched the graduate program in the study of religion. His books include Experiencing India: European Descriptions and Impressions and The Meaning of Other Faiths.
Amir Hussain is professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on Islam and world religions. A Canadian of Pakistani origin, he is the author of Oil and Water: Two Faiths One God: An introduction to Islam for North Americans. He is also the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR).
Roy C. Amore is professor and an associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor in Ontario. His extensive research in the areas of comparative religion and Asia has enabled him to author Two Masters, One Message, a book comparing the lives and teachings of Christ and Buddha, and co-author Lustful Maidens and Ascetic Kings: Buddhist and Hindu Stories of Life.
"This text is extremely well-organized, well-written, and engaging . . . with very good coverage of modern expressions of each tradition." -Michelle Rebidoux, Memorial University of Newfoundland
"The collaborative aspect of the text offers diversity in style and form of presentation, while securing a high level of excellence in [each contributor's] area of specialization." -David Perley, University of Toronto Scarborough