Fortress Press

Introduction to World Religions: Second Edition

Introduction to World Religions

Second Edition

Christopher Partridge (General Editor), Tim Dowley (Editor)

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. 

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800699703
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 496
  • Course Level Introductions; Undergraduate
  • Textbook Survey Texts
  • Publication Date November 1, 2013


"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."
—Loleta Collins,
Edison Community College

"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."
—Bruce Flickinger,
Flagler College

"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."
—Eric Stauffer,
Estrella Community College

"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.”
—Rebecca Thurman,
Wartburg College


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