> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780792273134
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $64.99
Categories:

Geography Of Religion


Formats & editions


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 religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—explore 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 worship—from 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 journeys—a 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780792273134
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $64.99

About the Authors

John Esposito

SUSAN TYLER HITCHCOCK, Ph.D. is the author of seven books and is currently at work on an eighth. A longtime student of religion, her doctoral dissertation explored the life and poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley through modern theories of the psychology of religion. She lives near Charlottesville, Virginia. JOHN L. ESPOSITO, is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, and of Islamic Studies, at Georgetown University. His more than 25 books include WORLD RELIGIONS TODAY, WHAT EVRYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ISLAM: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, UNHOLY WAR: TERROR IN THE NAME OF WAR, and THE ISLAMIC THREAT: MYTH OR REALITY? He is also Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information please visit tutu.org.za.

Mpho Tutu

The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the S African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and today is Chair of a group of former world leaders, The Elders, which aims to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. He has helped calm the political crisis in Kenya and regularly speaks out against Mugabe, Israel, the Iraq War and the Burmese junta, but is also noted for his irrepressible sense of humour and deep spirituality. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. He lives in S Africa but travels widely.

Mpho Tutu is Archbishop Tutu's daughter, and an Episcopal priest. The founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, she is also Chair of the Global Aids Alliance. An accomplished public speaker and preacher, she is married, with two daughters, and lives in Washington, DC.


Related titles