The Great Transformation (eBook)


From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs, including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, and Buddha. Her work has been translated into forty languages, and she is the author of three television documentaries. Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers, periodicals, and other media on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam. She lives in London.

Praise for The Great Transformation…

Praise for Karen Armstrong:

“Armstrong at her best–translating and distilling complex history into lucid prose that will delight scholars and armchair historians alike.”
–Lauren F. Winner, The Washington Post Book World

“Her conviction, passion and intelligence radiate throughout the book, making us feel the urgency of the ideas it seeks to convey.”
–Charles Matthews, Baltimore Sun

“A tour de force. . . . She has dedicated herself to understanding the most prominent world faiths and explaining them to a secular/postsecular society."
–Jane Lampman, The Christian Science Monitor

“Perhaps her most ambitious work. . . . Without overlooking the differences between religions, Armstrong emphasizes their common call for compassion.”
–Lisa Montanarelli, San Francisco Chronicle

“A lucid, highly readable account of complex developments occurring over many centuries. . . . A splendid book.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times

“An utterly enthralling reading experience. . . . This book ranks with A History of God as one of her finest achievements.”

“In her typical magisterial fashion, she chronicles these tales in dazzling prose with remarkable depth and judicious breadth.”
Publishers Weekly

"The Great Transformation can serve the needs of new readers interested in a popular work that synthesizes scholarship. . . . [U]seful to anyone seeking an integral sense of world religions."
The Globe and Mail

"Karen Armstrong is a genius."
—A. N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life

"Armstrong is a lucid writer with a knack for synthesizing vast quantities of research."
The Globe and Mail

"Armstrong’s writing continues to offer a religious mirror and a cultural vision."

"Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying."
The Sunday Times

“Armstrong’s erudition is truly impressive. . . . Few people are better qualified to explain that what so often divides us ought to unite us instead.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Broad, eloquent storytelling.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Her conviction, passion and intelligence radiate throughout the book, making us feel the urgency of the ideas it seeks to convey.”
—New York Sun

“This could very possibly be one of the greatest intellectual histories ever written.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“A book of the magnitude of The Great Transformation can only be considered authoritative.”
Charleston Post & Courier

“On prominent display in this book are Armstrong’s usual virtues–wide knowledge, meticulous research, a superb appreciation for the beauty and power of religious and philosophical ideasls, and general readability.”
Shambhala Sun

“This magisterial work, continuing Karen Armstrong’s mission to explore the place and purposes of religions in the modern world, follows in the stream of her books on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddaism.”
Spirituality & Health

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307264701
Published: Anchor, 03/28/2006
Language: en

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