Widely adopted for its accessible style and comprehensive, yet concise, presentation, Religions of the World is ideal for students with no previous exposure to world religions. This best-selling text offers accurate, comparative descriptions of a broad range of religions. In addition to background material on religious theory and study, this text explores living religions in terms of the historical and cultural factors that produced them, the lives of their founders, their basic teachings, and their historical development and current status in the world. Primary source readings with specific representative samples are provided in each chapter. Important features of Religions of the World 9e: Full-color "Portfolio of World Religions" photo sectionsFull color photos enhance the impact of the religious imagery and engage students' attention. Full chapter-length coverage of African Religions, Baha'i, Native American Religions, and ZoroastrianismExtended coverage of these religious groups is often missing in other texts. Expanded coverage of Islam and New Religious MovementsBrings students up-to-date with Islam post September 11; enhances students' understanding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the United States and the Falun Dafa in China.Hopfe, Lewis M. is the author of 'Religions of the World', published 2003 under ISBN 9780131830073 and ISBN 0131830074.