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Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World
First EditionMerry Wiesner-Hanks©2009
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Presenting documents from different regions and different religious and philosophical traditions, including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity, and Confucianism, Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World explores why leaders and thinkers from all over sought to reform existing religions, develop new spiritual practices, promote innovative texts, and, on occasion, even create new religions. Through the examples in the text, you'll be able to analyze the varied transformations in the religious and intellectual life of peoples across the globe.
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Table of Contents
- Mesoamerica: Mexica Innovations and Mexican Catholicism
1. Gods of Life and Death from the Codex Borgia, c. 1500
2. Hymn to Huitzilopochtli from the Codices Matritenses, c. 1550
3. Mexica War Songs, 1560s
4. Diego Durán, The History of the Indies of New Spain, c. 1580
5. Chimalpahin, Annals, 1613
6. Bernardino de Sahagún, Sermons, 1540
7. Bernardino de Sahagún, Christian Psalmody, 1583
8. Andres de Olmos (?), Final Judgment, 1530s
9. Chimalpahin, Annals, 1613
- Europe: Reforms and Reformations in Christianity
10. Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly, 1511
11. Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian, 1520
12. Martin Luther, A sermon on marriage, 1525
13. Matthias Gerung, Protestant woodcut, 1546
14. Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 1520s
15. Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, 1565
16. Pope Pius IV, Injunctum nobis, 1564
17. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1536
18. John Calvin, Ordinances for the Regulation of Churches, 1547
- Africa and Southwest Asia: Politics and Mysticism in Islam and Judaism
19. The Replies of Muhammad Al-Maghili to the Questions of Askia al-Hajj Muhammad, 1498
20. Letters Between Sultan Selim I and Shah Isma’il, 1514
21. Mystical dance of a Sufi brotherhood, sixteenth century
22. Abdulwahhab b. Ahmad al-Sharani, Qualities of a Sufi saint, c. 1560
23. Katib Chelebi, The Balance of Truth, 1656
24. Moses Cordovero, The Palmtree of Deborah, 1560s
25. Isaac Luria, Bringing Forth Sparks, 1570
26. The Pious Customs of Abraham Galante, 1580s
- South Asia: Syncretism and Sikhism in the Mughal Empire
27. Abu’l Fazl, Akbarnama, c. 1590
28. ‘Abd ul-Qadir Bada’uni, Selected Histories, c. 1590
29. Nan Singh, Scholars Gather at Akbar’s Court, 1605
30. Muhsi-i-Fani, School of Religion, c. 1650
31. The Japji Sahib from the Guru Granth
32. Hymns of Guru Amar Das, 1560s
33. Sikh texts for a wedding, 1560s
- East Asia: Combining and Competing Traditions in China and Japan