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By Mircea Eliade

This quantity completes the immensely realized three-volume A historical past of non secular Ideas. Eliade examines the circulate of Jewish notion out of historic Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean region and Europe, and the increase and diffusion of Islam from nearly the 6th during the 17th centuries. Eliade's mammoth wisdom of earlier and current scholarship presents a synthesis that's exceptional. as well as reviewing contemporary interpretations of the person traditions, he explores the interactions of the 3 religions and indicates their carrying on with mutual impression to be sophisticated yet unmistakable.

As in his earlier paintings, Eliade will pay specific cognizance to heresies, people ideals, and cults of mystery knowledge, resembling alchemy and sorcery, and keeps the dialogue, all started in previous volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic culture of Tibetan Buddhism. those subcultures, he keeps, are as vital because the better-known orthodoxies to an entire knowing of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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