New section on Ancient Greek religion, which had a profound impact on Western civilization, from politics to art and architecture, as well as the Western religions, especially Christianity.
New section on the Sunni-Shia divide in Islam, a centuries-old conflict that has been revitalized by current events and political power struggles, and led to the rise rise of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). This section focuses on the role of religion in the conflict, providing an historical overview and sociological perspective.
Indigenous religions chapter has been expanded and updated.
The role of faith traditions in the debate about climate change is discussed.
Sunstantial new scholarship about the role of women across many religious traditions has been added.