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World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy covers religion around the globe, from prehistory to the present.
The World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy Team
Joseph Laycock, PhD
Dale McGowan, PhD
Gordon Melton, PhD
Judy Fay, Sr. Director, Solutions
David Tipton, Editorial Specialist
Casey Coffee, Jennifer Hutchinson, Tamara Johnson, Editors
Ellen Rasmussen, Media Editor
Troy Martin, Vice President, Operations
Susan Basch, Sr. Developer
Terry Buss, Technical Project Manager
Chris Martinich, Developer
Eelco Vrolijk, Sr. Developer
Neal Schaefer, Director, Product and Content Management Systems
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Buddhism – Khunaspix/Dreamstime.com
Christianity – Nexus7/Dreamstime.com
Chinese Religions – Alistair Milnes/Dreamstime.com
Hinduism – Brooklyn Museum/Corbis
Islam – Photodisc/Getty Images
Judaism – 777jew/iStockphoto.com
New Religions – L. Pettet/iStockphoto.com
Shinto – Tung Cheung/Dreamstime.com
Traditional Religions – Michele Alfieri/Dreamstime.com
Western Esotericism – Tarah Prout/Dreamstime.com
Unbelief – Beau Meyer/iStockphoto.com
Other Faiths and Beliefs – Philippe Lamoise