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This guide aims to provide some information on major world religions. The religions covered on this guide includes Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, among others.


This libguide aims to provide some information on the available library materials on each of the major religious group that the students can use in their studies. These includes books, journals, databases, websites and open educational resources available at their finger tips.

World Religions

World religions is indeed a quite complex topic to discuss. Still, it is indeed worth noting that world religions, to be considered one, should have gone through fruitful journeys of mission, evangelism, a significant number of followers, and a sacred scripture ("World religions", 1993).

As it was also noted, ‘World’ religions (also known as ‘universal’ religions) are so called because they claim to possess universally valid truths and/or experience of a deity or deities who demand the obedience of all humankind. The term ‘world’ also distinguishes them from tribal religion, which is restricted to a particular family, tribe or society originally living in an area sacred to it." ("World religions", 1993). 

Some of the major religious group includes Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism among others ("World religions", 1993). 

What's on the shelves?

World religions demystified

Gives you a tour of belief systems found around the globe. This book helps you learn about the world's major religions - Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Islam - as well as Earth-based religions and native traditions of Australia, Africa, and the Americas

Beyond the Threshold

Beyond the Threshold introduces readers to afterlife beliefs and experiences in world religions. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout, including a new chapter on afterlife beliefs and practices in selected African traditions, new research on the afterlife and near-death experiences, the addition of key words and definitions to each chapter, and more.

Nonviolence in the world's religions: a concise introduction

Nonviolence in the World’s Religions introduces the reader to the complex relationship between religion and nonviolence. Each of the essays delves into the contemporary and historical expressions of the world’s major religious traditions in relation to nonviolence. Contributors explore the literary and theological foundations of a tradition’s justification of nonviolence; the ways that nonviolence has come to expression in its beliefs, symbols, rituals, and other practices; and the evidence of nonviolence in its historic and present responses to conflict and warfare. 

The Norton Anthology of World Religions

Edited by world-renowned scholars under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack Miles, The Norton Anthology of World Religions provides a flexible library of more than 1,000 primary texts from the world's major religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--in six portable paperbacks. This anthology unites foundational works--the Bhagavad Gita, the Daode jing, the Bible, the Qur'an--with the writings of scholars, seekers, believers, and skeptics whose voices have kept these religions vital for centuries, allowing instructors to shape a variety of courses.

World Religions

Baffled by Buddhism? Confused by Catholicism? Mystified by Mysticism? World Religions is a beautifully illustrated and annotated guide to world religions: from ancient religions such as Celtic and Norse beliefs to the main faiths of our modern world: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more.  As well as explaining the key practices and figures of each religion, World Religions also explains religious principles such as myth, ritual, The Golden Rule, and what the future holds for religious beliefs and culture. This comprehensive guide is the perfect companion for those beginning their exploration into faith, or for those just needing a quick reference tool. 

Religious Internationals in the Modern World

Tracing the emergence of 'Religious Internationals' as a distinctive new phenomenon in world history, this book transforms our understanding of the role of religion in our modern world. Through in-depth studies comparing the experiences of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, leading experts shed new light on 'global civil society'.

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religionis an indispensable guide and reference source to the major themes, movements, debates and topics in philosophy of religion. A team of renowned international contributors provide sixty-five accessible entries organized into nine clear parts: philosophical issues in world religions key figures in philosophy of religion religious diversity the theistic conception of God arguments for the existence of God arguments against the existence of God philosophical theology Christian theism recent topics in philosophy of religion. 

Concepts of God

Is there a universal concept of God? Do all the great faiths of the world share a vision of the same supreme reality? In an attempt to answer these questions, Keith Ward considers the doctrine of an ultimate reality within five world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. He studies closely the works of definitive, orthodox writers from each tradition - Sankara, Ramanuja, Asvaghosa, Maimonides, Al-Ghazzali and Aquinas - to build up a series of 'images' of God, a common core of belief. Ward discovers that while the great religious traditions of the world retain their differences, there are convergences of thought at the deepest level, with a broad similarity of structure in concepts of God. 


World religions. (1993). In K. McLeish (Ed.), Bloomsbury guide to human thought. Bloomsbury. Credo Reference:

Image: Jenik, C. (August 23, 2021). The World's Largest Religious Groups Over Time [Digital image]. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from

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