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Encyclopedias: Religion

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Age of Fable: or Beauties of Mythology
The complete text of Bulfinch's 1913 guide to Greek, Roman, Norse and other mythologies, also including tales of King Arthur and legends of Charlemagne.

Catholic Encyclopedia
Transcribed versions of the articles from the 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Encyclopaedia Judaica [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the 2007 edition of the 22 volume work on Judaism. The encyclopedia features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

Encyclopedia Mythica
A searchable or browseable encyclopedia on world mythology, folklore, and legend.

Encyclopedia of African Religion [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes ideas, concepts, discourses, and extensive essays on African religion."

Encyclopedia of Buddhism [Rutgers Restricted]
Describes the Buddhist world view, basic teachings and practices of Buddhism, as well as its different schools and sects. In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, divinities, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this 2 volume set explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, and Christianity.

Encyclopedia of Global Religion [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a comprehensive overview of the globalization of religious culture and society around the world in both its historical and contemporary aspects. The encyclopedia includes topics related to the diaspora of cultures and dispersions of peoples; the transitional aspects of religious ideas and practices; the cultural diversity of religious traditions; and the responses of religion—both negative and positive—to multicultural society.

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics [Rutgers Restricted]
"Offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day."

Encyclopedia of Hinduism [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes short articles on all aspects of Hinduism with suggestions for further reading. Part of the Encyclopedia of Religion series.

Encyclopedia of India [Rutgers Restricted]
"A four volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically."

Encyclopedia of Islam [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes articles on Muslims of every age and land, on tribes and dynasties, on the crafts and sciences, on political and religious institutions, on the geography, ethnography of the various countries and on the history, topography and monuments of the major towns and cities. Its scope encompasses the old Arabo-Islamic empire, the Islamic countries of Iran, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, the Ottoman Empire and all other Islamic countries." New edition.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource."

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a compendium of some 2,100 articles across a diverse range of disciplines including, but not limited to, history, anthropology, ethnography, folklore, law and jurisprudence, linguistics, sociology, politics, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, art history, literature, film studies, material culture, and biographies of notable persons. The time frame of the contents is from the advent of Islam and the initial Muslim-Jewish encounter in the seventh century to the present (2010)."

Encyclopedia of Religion [Rutgers Restricted]
Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. An electronic version of the 15 volume 2nd edition.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Attempts to bring together in a single-volume compendium a state-of-the-art summary of the insights gained by the principal social sciences of religion: anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Although more heavily oriented toward North America, the scope is global, and an effort has been made to address the major traditions of world religious experience.

Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development [Rutgers Restricted]
Focuses "on the developmental process of religion and spirituality across the human life span." Key themes include: leading religious and spiritual figures; traditions; texts; places, religious and spiritual; practices, religious and spiritual concepts; religious and spiritual theory; supports/contexts; nature; health; art; and organizations.

Encyclopedia of Science and Religion [Rutgers Restricted]
Addresses the interactions, contradictions, and tensions between science and religion, both historically and in contemporary life. The set examines technologies like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and continuing developments in neurophysiology against the backdrop of deeply-held religious beliefs. In addition, phenomena such as the Church of Scientology are also studied, along with more traditional issues, such as the origins of life, the nature of sin, and the philosophy of science and religion. An electronic version of the 2 volume resource.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles on qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and related material, with longer essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'anic studies.

Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture [Rutgers Restricted]
Surveys "major facts, concepts, theories, and speculations that infuse our present comprehension of time. Its inclusive orientation recognizes the contributions of not only scientists and philosophers, but also theologians and creative artists from various fields."

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures [Rutgers Restricted]
"An interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present." Online version of the print encyclopedia.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains 8,000 to 12,000 word essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans, and Amish. Each essay lists organizations and research centers; name, address, and contact information for periodicals, radio, and television stations; and a further readings section." Electronic version of the 6 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

Jewish Encyclopedia
Electronic version of the 12 volume encyclopedia originally published in the early 1900s.

Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions [Rutgers Restricted]
Comprehensive coverage of more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information is presented in two distinct sections, essays and directory listings describing the historical development of religious families and providing factual information about each group within those families. 8th edition.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

New Catholic Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Articles on persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities, including topics such as abortion, divorce, cloning, and reproductive technologies. Also features biographies of contemporary religious figures, photos, maps, and illustrations. The supplement is the Jubilee Volume focusing "on the pontificate of John Paul II and includes thematic essays that present the man and his work."

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains almost 120 in-depth entries, ranging in length from 500 to 10,000 words, on each of the canonical books of the Bible, major apocryphal books of the New and Old Testaments, important noncanonical texts, and thematic essays on topics such as canonicity, textual criticism, and translation."