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Ideal for comparative religion courses, The Joy of Sects contains detailed narrative histories of the six great religious traditions of East and West-Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-along with information about related traditions, including Sikhism, Confucianism, Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, and the various elements that compose New Age beliefs. Each chapter contains brief sections on sacred writings, places of worship, and terminologies, as well as the numerous denominations, orders, and schools that make up the great tapestry of world religion. Contains over 30 illustrations.