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Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Cultural Editions Series)

 
 
 
 
Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Cultural Editions Series)
Author: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
ISBN 13: 9780312458867
ISBN 10: 31245886
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 2009-01-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: N/A
 
 

The early modern period witnessed sometimes startling, sometimes subtle transformations in the religious and intellectual life of peoples across the globe. For reasons that varied widely, leaders and thinkers from Mexico to the Ottoman Empire and from China to the Indian subcontinent sought to reform existing religions, develop new spiritual practices, promote innovative texts, and, on occasion, even create new religions. Presenting documents from different regions and different religious and philosophical traditions, including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Confucianism, this volume allows students to explore and analyze these varied transformations. A general introduction introduces the framework for examining the chapter case studies, while the chapters provide context, a group of primary sources, and a set of questions to consider. Useful pedagogic supports include headnotes to the documents, a chronology, a set of broader questions to consider that help students compare transformations, a selected bibliography, and an index.