Is religion the same as culture? How does it fit with life in the modern world? Do you have to 'believe' to be part of one? From televangelism in the American South to the wearing of hijab in Britain and Egypt; from the rise of paganism to the aftermath of September 11th, this accessible guide looks at the ways in which religion interacts with the everyday world in which we live. A comprehensive introduction to the world of religion, it includes:
* religion and culture
* how power operates in religion
* gender issues
* the role of belief, rituals, and religious texts
* religion in the contemporary world
Religion: The Basics offers an invaluable and up-to-date overview for anyone wanting to find out more about this fascinating subject.
Malory Nye is Professor of Multiculturalism at the Al-Maktoum Institute, Scotland. He is general editor of the Scottish Journal of Religious Studies and founding editor of Culture and Religion.
'Finally, a book written for the general reader that communicates clearly and authoritatively the many advances that have taken place in the academic study of religion over the past generation ... Malory Nye is to be congratulated for providing this crucial service to his colleagues and their students.' - Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama