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9. The Koran as truth

9. The Koran as truth  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0009
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The Koran presents God's speech as sacred and unfailingly true. These truths play a part in many aspects of Muslim literature and life, on both formal and informal levels. ‘The Koran as ... More
6. The Koran as codex

6. The Koran as codex  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776311
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0006
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9780192853448
There are many ways to present a text. This is influenced by culture and materials. ‘The Koran as codex’ examines how the Koran was first assembled and how it is presented today. The leaves ... More
2. Paganism in retreat

2. Paganism in retreat  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0003
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‘Paganism in retreat’ describes the gradual Christianization of the Roman world. Missionaries were sent into the pagan territories, ideally to live amongst them. To be successful, they had ... More
3. Gods in the North

3. Gods in the North  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0004
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9780199235162
While the leaders of some Germanic tribes converted in the 4th century, it was in northern Europe that non-Christian religions held out the longest against the spread of Christianity. This ... More
7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life

7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777981
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0008
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9780199588756
Spirituality is widespread and increasingly influential. There is a growing use of the term ‘spiritual capital’ with reference to the potential value of spirituality in everyday lives. What ... More
4. Looking AheadUneasy Inheritances

4. Looking Ahead: Uneasy Inheritances  

Timothy Beal

in Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365593
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195321074.003.0005
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9780195321074
‘Looking Ahead’ considers the rise of religious diversity in America, the rise of the information society, and the rise of consumer culture. Religious diversity in America is both ... More
1. The ancient world

1. The ancient world  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0002
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According to ‘The ancient world’, burial evidence points to three main models of our earliest religious beliefs: the notion of the earth mother; veneration of the dead, and by extrapolation ... More
2. Picturing angels

2. Picturing angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777301
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10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0002
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9780199547302
‘Picturing angels’ looks at the development of angels in art as a whole and religious art through history. The traditional depiction of angles has been largely shaped by Christian artists. ... More
8. Minorities and sororities

8. Minorities and sororities  

Paul Bahn

in Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778315
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657438.003.0008
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9780199657438
Since the 1970s, archaeologists (and anthropologists) have been faced with false accusations of racism, Eurocentrism, neocolonialism, grave-robbing, and male chauvinism. The archaeologist's ... More
4. Pagans across the oceans

4. Pagans across the oceans  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0005
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9780199235162
The age of exploration from the late 15th century onwards brought Christians into contact with new peoples and new religions. ‘Pagans across the oceans’ points out that missionary activity ... More
Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction  

Owen Davies

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.001.0001
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9780199235162
This Very Short Introduction explores the meaning of paganism from the ancient world to the present day through a chronological overview of attitudes towards its practices and ... More
5. Embracing the pagan past

5. Embracing the pagan past  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0006
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9780199235162
Though the Renaissance involved the intellectual embrace of pagan antiquity, ‘Embracing the pagan past’ argues there was no revival of pre-Christian forms of worship. 18th-century ... More
3. Sacred authority: divine kingship, priests, and diviners

3. Sacred authority: divine kingship, priests, and diviners  

Jacob K. Olupọna

in African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.003.0003
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9780199790586
‘Sacred authority: divine kingship, priests, and diviners’ explains that sacred authority in Africa differs from stereotypical Western notions of secular leadership insofar as African ... More
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction  

Jacob K. Olupona

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.001.0001
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9780199790586
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction offers a wide-ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the African continent, drawing on archeological ... More
5. Sacred arts and ritual performances

5. Sacred arts and ritual performances  

Jacob J. Olupọna

in African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780199375264
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199790586.003.0005
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9780199790586
African visual and oral life are textured with religious meaning. In the contemporary period, African art objects are interpreted in the context of African's historical and cultural ... More
4. Spirituality as a way of life

4. Spirituality as a way of life  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777981
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0005
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9780199588756
Religious and secular spiritualties both focus on more than simply inner experience. They seek to relate spiritual practices to the transformation of everyday existence. ‘Spirituality as a ... More
5. Spirituality in society

5. Spirituality in society  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777981
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0006
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9780199588756
We often associate spirituality with an individual experience but this is inaccurate if we consider the spirituality of world religions.‘Spirituality in society’ seeks to redress this ... More
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction  

Philip Sheldrake

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777981
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.001.0001
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9780199588756
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it came to have the significance it is developing today. It has ... More
Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction

Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction  

Ian Reader

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191787577
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718222.001.0001
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book
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9780198718222
Pilgrimage is found in most religious cultures and pilgrimage sites around the world—including Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Lourdes in France, and Shikoku in Japan—attract millions of pilgrims ... More
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Gerald O'Collins

Print Publication Year: 
May 2017
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May 2017
eISBN: 
9780191838521
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198796855.001.0001
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book
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9780198796855
Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church remains a vast and influential presence in our modern world. But what were its origins, and how has ... More

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