Bibliographic Details

Encyclopedia of politics and religion / Robert Wuthnow, editor in chief.

Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2007.
Description 2 v. (xxxvi, 1023, 20 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Religion and politics -- Encyclopedias.
Religion and politics.
Reference works.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Wuthnow, Robert.
ISBN 9780872893238 (set : alk. paper)
0872893235 (set : alk. paper)
9780872893214 (v. 1 : alk. paper)
0872893219 (v. 1 : alk. paper)
9780872893221 (v. 2 : alk. paper)
0872893227 (v. 2 : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also available online as part of CQ Press Political Reference Suite.
Summary The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion traces the roots of the relationship between politics and religion from antiquity to today, revealing how it has shaped public discourse, social attitudes, collective action and national and international policy, particularly during the past two centuries.
Review by Choice Review

This revised version of a noteworthy first edition (CH, Feb'00, 37-3102) mirrors its predecessor. Although it features some updated and new entries that refresh the content, when comparing the two editions, one has a sense of deja vu, as if the new volumes were simply refurbished and reconditioned. Reflecting the gamut of topics related to its subject matter, this set's objectives (and pretenses) remain the same, namely, "to serve both beginning students and more seasoned scholars" in their attempts to understand the intersection and confluence of politics and religion. Admittedly ambitious in attempting to come to grips with a subject so diffuse, and as is characteristic of the eclecticism of many specialized encyclopedias, these volumes have a reach that exceeds their grasp, necessarily compromising depth of coverage for breadth. This is perhaps inevitable for a work of this scope, which seeks to combine discussions of broad themes with those on specific religions, individuals, geographical regions, institutions, and events. Such a wide-ranging focus does not detract from or diminish this work's overall significance and utility, however. Students of political science, in particular, will find it a useful starting point for research and a convenient resource for background information. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic libraries supporting courses related to political science and religion; lower-level undergraduates through graduate students. D. Ettinger George Washington University

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