History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms

Mircea Eliade, Alf Hiltebeitel, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona


This quantity completes the immensely discovered three-volume A historical past of non secular rules. Eliade examines the stream of Jewish concept out of old Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean zone and Europe, and the increase and diffusion of Islam from nearly the 6th in the course of the 17th centuries. Eliade's giant wisdom of prior and current scholarship offers a synthesis that's remarkable. as well as reviewing contemporary interpretations of the person traditions, he explores the interactions of the 3 religions and exhibits their carrying on with mutual effect to be sophisticated yet unmistakable.

As in his prior paintings, Eliade can pay specific cognizance to heresies, people ideals, and cults of mystery knowledge, resembling alchemy and sorcery, and maintains the dialogue, started in prior volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic culture of Tibetan Buddhism. those subcultures, he continues, are as vital because the better-known orthodoxies to an entire knowing of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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