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Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific

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ISBN: 9783038975359 / 9783038975366 Year: Pages: 200 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-536-6 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Social Sciences --- Arts in general --- Religion
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The articles in this volume, all by leading scholars, examine the topic of rebirth, or reincarnation, from a wide range of perspectives. The main focus of most of the articles is the idea of rebirth as found in Hindu texts and traditions. There are also articles exploring Christian responses to the idea of rebirth as well as expressions of the idea of rebirth in the Western world (such as in the thought of poet William Butler Yeats and in an American context). There are also philosophical and theological articles arguing both for and against the idea of rebirth, as well as articles which take a more historical or literary approach to this topic. The shared thread unifying all of these articles is the idea that rebirth is an important idea that holds great fascination for many. While the primary focus is on Hindu and Christian expressions of or responses to this idea, there are also articles that engage with scientific thinking on this topic, and one which engages with Buddhism as well. In short, this volume is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and cross-traditional exploration of the topic of reincarnation that should appeal to a wide array of readers.

Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions

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Book Series: Islamic History and Civilization ISBN: 9789004301368 9789004301214 Year: Volume: 119 Pages: 375 pp., 11 illus., DOI: 10.1163/9789004301368 Language: English
Publisher: Brill Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 263308
Subject: Religion
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Islam is often seen as a religious tradition in which hell does not play a particularly prominent role. This volume challenges this hackneyed view. Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions is the first book-length analytic study of the Muslim hell. It maps out a broad spectrum of Islamic attitudes toward hell, from the Quranic vision(s) of hell to the pious cultivation of the fear of the afterlife, theological speculations, metaphorical and psychological understandings, and the modern transformations of hell. Contributors: Frederick Colby, Daniel de Smet, Christiane Gruber, Jon Hoover, Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Christian Lange, Christopher Melchert, Simon O’Meara, Samuela Pagani, Tommaso Tesei, Roberto Tottoli, Wim Raven, and Richard van Leeuwen.

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islam --- damnation --- jahannam --- afterlife --- eschatology --- jinn --- asceticism --- quran --- paradise --- melek --- salvation --- fear --- angels --- death --- religion --- al-nār

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