By Stephen Sharot

A Sociology of global Religions provides a comparative research of the world's religions, concentrating on the diversities and interrelationships among non secular elites and lay lots. In every one case the quantity contextualizes how the relationships among those spiritual kinds healthy inside, and are motivated by way of, the broader socio-political environment.

After introducing the book's significant topics, the quantity introduces and builds upon an research of Weber's version of non secular motion, drawing on Durkheim, Marxist students, and the paintings of latest sociologists and anthropolgists. the subsequent chapters every one specialise in significant non secular cultures, together with Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, and the religions of China and Japan. This bold venture is the 1st to supply a comparability of the preferred, or folks, kinds of faith round the world.

Sharot's available introductions to every of the area religions, synthesizing an enormous literature on renowned faith from sociology, anthropology, and historians of faith, make the undertaking perfect for direction use. His comparative process and unique analyses will turn out lucrative even for specialists on all of the international religions.

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