World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy covers religion around the globe, from prehistory to the present.
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The World Religions
Judy Fay, Sr. Director, Solutions
Julie Dunbar, Manager, Editorial Development
Nita Lang, Editorial Specialist
Jennifer Hutchinson, Sr. Writer/Editor
Tamara Johnson, Writer/Editor
Ellen Rasmussen, Sr. Media Editor
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Chris Martinich, Developer
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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