Books that have caught my eye.
Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach
By Irving Hexham
Irving Hexham’s introductory world religions text explores various religions under the broad categories of African Religions, the Yogic Traditions (including Buddhism), and the Abrahamic traditions. He presents an appreciative yet realistic approach, noting both the strengths and inherent problems of various world religions.
This is a survey with some bite and insights, not the boring, politically correct pablum that most religion texts drown in. This approach aims to engage students and encourage critical thinking about religion.
An example: “For Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace because the imposition of Islamic rule brings areas under Muslim control to peace and order in accordance with Islamic teachings about the will of God,” Hexham writes. “Thus, it is a Pax Islamica, which imposes peace by dominating all opponents by force” (pp. 437-438).