From its introduction by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu to the epilogue by the Dalai Lama, GEOGRAPHY OF RELIGION encourages new understanding of the world's great religions and of their evolution from ancient roots to vital roles in modern life. With a text as fascinating as it is authoritative; vivid photographs that evoke the reverence, rituals, and rewards of each spiritual tradition; and a rich variety of essays, sidebars, and maps, this magnificent book charts the many paths that guide us to God.Chapters on each of the 5 major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - explore the landscapes and cultures where they took hold and flourished. Eminent scholars share the faiths they live and study, revealing their sacred scriptures and rites. Every page offers new insights into religious history and doctrine, along with stunning images of believers at prayer, the holy places they cherish, and their houses of worship - from soaring cathedrals and magnificent mosques to humble shrines infused with a blessed simplicity.Fittingly, each chapter closes with a photo-essay on pilgrims and their devotional journeys - a wonderful visual reminder that no matter which faith we may embrace, we are all fellow travelers in our search for the truth.
Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Ph.D. is the author of seven books and is currently at work on an eighth. A longtime student of religion, her doctoral dissertation explored the life and poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley through modern theories of the psychology of religion. She lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
John L. Esposito, is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, and of Islamic Studies, at Georgetown University. His more than 25 books include World Religions Today, What Everyone Should Know about Islam- Questions and Answers, Unholy War- Terror in the Name of Islam, and The Islamic Threat- Myth or Reality? He is also Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World.