The second edition has new and extended primary source readings, a stronger section on the religions of South Asia, additional maps, a new full-color, student-friendly format, and more.
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Introduction to World Religions
A leading textbook for world religion, this new edition is designed to help students in their study and research of the world's religious traditions. Known and valued for its balanced approach and its respected board of consulting editors, this text addresses ways to study religion, provides broad coverage of diverse religions, and offers an arresting layout with rich illustrations.
The second edition has new and extended primary source readings, a stronger section on the religions of South Asia, additional maps, a new full-color, student-friendly format, and more. It can be purchased individually or as part of a Course Pack which includes the Study Companion.
Authoritative content, comprehensive scope, arresting four-color illustration, and innovative learning aids, now in multiple formats for complete versatility.
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Christopher Partridge is professor of religion at Lancaster University. His research and writing focus on new religions and alternative spiritualities in the West.
Tim Dowley is author of The Christians: An Illustrated History (2008) and The Student Bible Atlas (1990), among many other titles on history of Christianity and the Bible.
Beth Wright has edited textbooks in religion and other subjects for more than twelve years. A former Fortress Press editor, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
My Teaching Tools
Fortress Press is pleased to present four new videos to be used with Introduction to World Religions: Second Edition! These videos were created with students in Augsburg College's Interfaith Scholar's Program, gathering students from different faith traditions to join together in conversation on faith, community, and interfaith dialogue.
In this first video, the students discuss why interfaith dialogue is important to them and how religious studies classrooms are key for facilitating these conversations. Download the video discussion guide to use this video in class with your students.
Want additional videos? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the other three videos in the series!
Test and Answer Key
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Instructor's Guide: Resources for class
Includes links to articles, videos, interviews, websites, and more for use in your class lectures and discussions!
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Sample syllabus from Fortress Press
Syllabi from current users
World Religions, Edison Community College, Loleta Collins
Religions of the World, Flagler College, Bruce Flickinger
Religions of the World, Fresno Pacific University, Darren Duerksen
Free handouts for use in your course!
Each handout explores a personal narrative from a practitioner of a faith explored in the textbook.
Sample Assignment: Have your students read a handout in class, then find someone who practices that corresponding faith on campus. Have your students ask them if they agree or disagree with what's presented in the handout and report back on the differences.
I am a Buddhist
I am a Christian
I am a Hindu
I am a Jain
I am a Jew
I am a Muslim
I am a Rastafarian
I am a Sikh
I am a spiritual seeker
My Study Tools
Expert content and section on approaches to the study of religions...
"I chose this text because of its expert content and section on approaches to the study of religions. The text includes pictures, readable text, and short sections, and it provides a wonderful glossary."
My students very much like the personal testimonies of real persons regarding their religious tradition.
"I chose this text because of the quality of the writing and the accompanying photos, charts, maps, and illustrations. The chapter divisions in Introduction to World Religions allow me to assign different sections or divisions of a particular religious tradition and make it easier to pick and choose among passages. My students very much like the personal testimonies of real persons regarding their religious tradition."
Easily accessible for students and has a fresh feel to it...
Introduction to World Religions is easily accessible for students and has a fresh feel to it. The content in the book makes the study of religions personal and brings a friendly face to each of the religions. The book, while a textbook, has a comfortable feel to it. Students that do not like to read feel that it invites them in. As they start flipping through the pages looking at images they find they are curious and start reading.
I switched to Partridge due to the clarity of the text, the invitational pictures and presentation, but primarily because of the Study Companion...
I am using Partridge's Introduction to World Religions: Study Edition for my World Religions course. I switched to Partridge due to the clarity of the text, the invitational pictures and presentation, but primarily because of the Study Companion. The opportunity the Study Companion presents for students to read the texts of a different religion is particularly important. One of the deciding factors was also the price. I have used another very good text in the past, but Partridge’s text and Study Companion cost half of what the other text cost, and that is a factor in our day.
The Study Companion is a valuable additional resource for introductory courses in world religions that use Christopher Partridge's Introduction to World Religions, Second Edition and can be purchased individually, or as a part of a course pack.
This Course Pack is designed to help students in their research of the world's religious traditions.