'The Concise History of World Religions' continues the series with a comprehensive take on major religions and lesser-known faiths of all times and nations. Up-to-date scholarship offers a global perspective on the history of faith in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East. Illustrations illuminate the faithful, their houses of worship, and the articles and artifacts of faith. From the great cathedrals to the colorful robes of Buddhist monks to horrors of the Spanish inquisition to the intricate paintings of the Hindu gods, the illustrations tell as much of the story as the text. The 80 timelines with their more than 3,500 entries, plus short articles and feature spreads make it the perfect quick-dip reference; 110 sidebars amplify the illustrated time lines and highlight monuments of faith, words of religious transcendence, and lives of piety and sacrifice; 50 feature essays explore in detail the origins, development and influence of faith; 325 images document all aspects of the religious experience, from architecture and icons to exemplary individuals and acts of devotion; and quotes throughout chapters are drawn from prayers and sermons that embody the religious attitudes of each era.