World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy

From ABC-CLIO, World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy makes research on faith and belief across humanity easier and enables a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing us in the 21st century.

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Key Content and Features

  • Thousands of primary and secondary sources including 1,700 photos and illustrations, 300 maps, and 175 audio and video recordings
  • More than 50 religion overviews covering topics such as agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Shinto
  • Peer-reviewed essays on long-standing or current debates that allow readers to examine and learn from professional scholars in the field of religion
  • Feature stories that examine the role of religion in current events
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

Engaging Essays and Overviews 

Available in both academic and school versions, World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy contains thousands of authoritative reference items from leading experts, all specifically written to enhance student research and understanding. Engaging scholarly essays present multiple perspectives on enduring dilemmas to provide students with models of sound critical thinking. Topics include matters of belief, practice, celebrations, and holidays; important individuals and events; significant and sacred places; and much more.

The advisor for this collection of dynamic, regularly updated content is J. Gordon Melton, PhD, author of more than 40 scholarly texts and reference books on the topic of religion, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University in Texas.