Magazine article History Today

Religious History.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

Magazine article History Today

Religious History.(recent publications)(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

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The range of works covering religious topics includes The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religions by John Bowker (Cambridge University Press, 27.95 [pounds sterling]), which provides a detailed study of every religion from prehistoric to modern day beliefs, a complete overview of theologies and philosophies instrumental in shaping our world.

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Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong (Weidenfeld and Nicolson/Phoenix, 6.99 [pounds sterling]) guides the reader away from preconceived prejudices, telling the history of one of the world's most popular religions.

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Islam's Black Slaves: A History of Africa's Other Black Diaspora by Ronald Segal (Atlantic, 20 [pounds sterling]) places the well-known slave trade conducted by the Europeans in the context of the much lengthier but rarely discussed history of the enslave: merit of black Africans by Muslim traders, a trader that also resulted in the forced transportation of many millions of people.

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Diaspora: Jews amidst Greeks and Romans by Erich S. Gruen (Harvard University Press, 27.50 [pounds sterling]) details the minority communities dispersed throughout antiquity and their acceptance or otherwise.

Anti-Semitism by the provocative writer Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Sutton, 20 [pounds sterling])is a wide-ranging history of the hatred and persecution of the Jewish people from Ancient Greece to more recent times. …

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