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Philosophers and religious leaders
Von Dehsen, Christian D.
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 246 pages ; 29 cm.
Reading Level:
1220 Lexile.
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How did Elijah Muhammad's establishment of the Nation of Islam affect the civil rights movement in the United States? Philosophers and Religious Leaders answers that question and others as it presents 200 leaders whose lives and work have greatly influenced the world we live in today. Profiles include: Muhammad Abduh--architect of Islamic modernism. Mary Daly-- influential feminist theologian and philosopher. Mary Baker Eddy--founder of Christian Science. Mencius (Meng K'o)--Confucian moral philosopher and interpreter. Shang Yang--Chinese philosopher of legalist school.

Author Notes

CHRISTIAN D. VON DEHSEN is a professor of religion at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has published a collaborated book, Policy and Politics: The Genesis and Theology of Social Statements in the Lutheran Church in America, and was the book review editor for the Lutheran Forum. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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Booklist Review

Latest volume in Lives and Legacies: An Encyclopedia of People Who Changed the World profiles more than 200 individuals, ranging from Abraham and Akhenaton to Pope John Paul II and Ayatollah Khomeini. We reviewed the first volume in the series, Scientists, Mathematicians, and Inventors, in our April 1, 1999, issue.

Library Journal Review

Von Dehsen (religion, Carthage Coll.) gathers biographies of "200 men and women from the areas of religion and philosophy who have changed the world." Page-long biographies of world figures like Moses, Muhammad, Jesus, and the Buddha are accompanied--perhaps arbitrarily (or is it for reasons of political correctness?)--by much lesser personages such as Michel Foucault, Mary Daly, and Jacques Derrida. Nevertheless, this partially illustrated work is a helpful ready-reference source, containing succinct biographies with short bibliographies plus time lines marking the individual's life in the context of contemporaneous events. The book's most useful feature is probably its inclusion of some important religious figures--e.g, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the leader of the Lubavitch Hasidim, and Nanak, the founder of Sikhism--whose biographies are not usually found in standard or easily accessible sources. Useful for both public and secondary school libraries.--Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Listing of Biographies
Biographies Appendices, Bibliography, and Index
Appendix 1 Timeline
Appendix 2 Geographic Listing of Biographies
Appendix 3 Chronological Listing of Biographies
Appendix 4 Alphabetical Listing of Biographies
Biographies Bibliographies