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The concise Oxford dictionary of world religions
Bowker, John, 1935-
Uniform Title:
Oxford dictionary of world religions ; Selections.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxx, 702 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Abriged and updated ed. of The Oxford dictionary of world religions.
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Central Library BL31 .O84 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Abridged from the acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of religion available in paperback. Written by an expert team of contributors, the volume contains over 8,000 entries, an extensive topic index, and an original andin-depth introductory essay. -- Coverage of Religions; Movements, sects, and cults; Texts or books; Individuals; Sacred sites; Ethics; and Themes such as prayer and music and dance -- Extensive topic index groups entries under themes -- Original and in-depth introductory essay on Religion what is it?

Author Notes

Professor John Bowker is Gresham Professor, London and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Professor of Religion at the University of Lancaster, he is a highly regarded authority on religious studies and a well-known broadcaster on BBC Radio and World Service.

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Choice Review

There seems little value in abridging the author's The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (CH, Oct'97), an excellent contribution in the fairly crowded field of one-volume dictionaries of religion. Indeed, if that work can be said to have had a noticeable fault, it was the brevity of its entries, hence shortening it by some 400 pages is an unwelcome change. The only other indication of change from the original edition is the phrase "updated edition" on the verso of the title page, but there is no further explanation of what this updating consists of. Unless one has a compelling need for a paperback edition, the original work is much the better bet. J. R. Luttrell; Princeton University

Table of Contents

Contains entries on: Religions
Movements, sects and cults
Sacred sites
Accessible reference
Topic index

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