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Where to Start: World Religions Textbooks

Whether you are a new professor choosing books for the first time or an experienced educator looking for what’s new in the field, Fortress Press has you covered. Browse our most popular World Religions titles below.

Introductions to World Religions

Introduction to World Religions, Third Edition
Tim Dowley (Editor); Christopher Partridge (General Editor)

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This leading textbook for world religion is designed to help students in their study and research of the world's religious traditions. Known for its balanced approach, this text addresses ways to study religion, provides broad coverage of diverse religions, and offers an arresting layout with rich illustrations. Learn more!​

A Short Introduction to World Religions
Tim Dowley (Editor); Christopher Partridge (General Editor)

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This leading textbook for world religions is now available in a more concise version. Many of the features of Introduction to World Religions are retained in this volume but with focus on the religious traditions themselves. Learn More!

This new survey text by Lawrence E. Sullivan successfully marries traditional approaches with analysis drawn from anthropology and sociology to explain the making of meaning in leading religious traditions. Learn more!


This wide-ranging reader combines some of the best and most valuable contemporary perspectives from leading and significant writers, teachers, and thinkers. Learn more!

Covering six major traditions, Inside World Religions brings these faiths vividly to life by delving beneath the surface to discover what they mean for those who follow them. Learn more!


This revised and expanded edition of a trusted text offers updated information about Islam in an accessible and sympathetic presentation. Learn more!

A fascinating introduction to the historical roots and contemporary forms of anxiety regarding Islam within the Western world. Learn more!

Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective

The Emergence of Islam
Gabriel Said Reynolds
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Reynolds offers a fascinating look at the structure and meaning of the Qur'an, revealing the ways in which biblical language is used to advance the Qur'an's religious meaning. Learn more!

This brief survey text tells the story of Buddhism as it unfolds through the narrative of the Brahmanical cosmology from which Buddhism emerged, Buddha's birth, Buddha's path to enlightenment, and the eventual spread of his teachings. Learn more!

Christine Hayes explores the shifting cultural contexts that affected Jewish thought and practice, and laid the groundwork for the Talmudic era and its modern legacy. Learn more!

Cynthia White explores the emergence of Christianity in Rome during the first four centuries of the Greco-Roman empire. Learn more!

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