From its introduction by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu to the epilogue by the Dalai Lama, Geography of Religion encourages new understanding of the world's great religions and of their evolution from ancient roots to vital roles in modern life. With a text as fascinating as it is authoritative; vivid photographs that evoke the reverence, rituals, and rewards of each spiritual tradition; and a rich variety of essays, sidebars, and maps, this magnificent book charts the many paths that guide us to God.
Chapters on each of the 5 major religionsHinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islamexplore the landscapes and cultures where they took hold and flourished. Eminent scholars share the faiths they live and study, revealing their sacred scriptures and rites. Every page offers new insights into religious history and doctrine, along with stunning images of believers at prayer, the holy places they cherish, and their houses of worshipfrom soaring cathedrals and magnificent mosques to humble shrines infused with a blessed simplicity.
Fittingly, each chapter closes with a photo-essay on pilgrims and their devotional journeysa wonderful visual reminder that no matter which faith we may embrace, we are all fellow travelers in our search for the truth.
"The 200 photographs demonstrating the diversity of architecture, people, and terrain, are stunning in their beauty and simplicity." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Susan Tyler Hitchcock's last book was "Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London". Married with two children, she lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, renowned South African activist and cleric, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, among other honors.