Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History

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Whereas many textbooks treat world religions" in an apolitical way, as if each religion were a path for individuals seeking wisdom and not a discourse intimately connected with the exercise of power, Laine treats religion and politics as halves of the same whole, tracing their relationship from the days of Alexander the Great to the secularists of modern Europe, with stops in classical India, China, and the Islamic world. Meta-Religion is a groundbreaking text that brings power and politics to the fore of our understanding of world religion, placing religion at the center of our understanding of world history. With images and maps to bring the narrative to life, students and scholars alike will find this synthetic approach transformative and enlightening as it presents a powerful model for thinking differently about what religion is and how it functions in the world. This text combines the sophisticated scholarly critiques of world religions" with the accessibility of a textbook of world history.

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Whereas many textbooks treat the subject of world religions in an apolitical way, as if each religion were a path for individuals seeking wisdom and not a discourse intimately connected with the exercise of power, James W. Laine treats religion and politics as halves of the same whole, tracing their relationship from the policies of Alexander the Great to the ideologies of modern Europe secularists, with stops in classical India, China, and the Islamic world. Meta-Religion is a groundbreaking text that brings power and politics to the fore of our understanding of world religions, placing religion at the center of world history. This synthetic approach is both transformative and enlightening as it presents a powerful model for thinking differently about what religion is and how it functions in the world. With images and maps to bring the narrative to life, Meta-Religion combines sophisticated scholarly critique with accessibility that students and scholar alike will appreciate.

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