The Changing World Religion Map

Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics

  • Stanley D. Brunn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Nature, Ethics and Environmental Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz
      Pages 175-186
    3. Michael P. Ferber, Randolph Haluza-DeLay
      Pages 203-215
  4. Sacred Spaces and Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Paul Claval
      Pages 349-362
    3. Alyson L. Greiner
      Pages 363-379
    4. P. P. Karan
      Pages 461-476
  5. Pilgrimage Landscapes and Tourism

  6. Education and Changing Worldviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 875-875
    2. Peter J. Hemming
      Pages 877-891

About this book


This extensive work explores the changing world of religions, faiths and practices. It discusses a broad range of issues and phenomena that are related to religion, including nature, ethics, secularization, gender and identity. Broadening the context, it studies the interrelation between religion and other fields, including education, business, economics and law. The book presents a vast array of examples to illustrate the changes that have taken place and have led to a new world map of religions.

Beginning with an introduction of the concept of the “changing world religion map”, the book first focuses on nature, ethics and the environment. It examines humankind’s eternal search for the sacred, and discusses the emergence of “green” religion as a theme that cuts across many faiths. Next, the book turns to the theme of the pilgrimage, illustrated by many examples from all parts of the world. In its discussion of the interrelation between religion and education, it looks at the role of missionary movements. It explains the relationship between religion, business, economics and law by means of a discussion of legal and moral frameworks, and the financial and business issues of religious organizations. The next part of the book explores the many “new faces” that are part of the religious landscape and culture of the Global North (Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada) and the Global South (Latin America, Africa and Asia). It does so by looking at specific population movements, diasporas, and the impact of globalization. The volume next turns to secularization as both a phenomenon occurring in the Global religious North, and as an emerging and distinguishing feature in the metropolitan, cosmopolitan and gateway cities and regions in the Global South. The final part of the book explores the changing world of religion in regards to gender and identity issues, the political/religious nexus, and the new worlds associated with the virtual technologies and visual media.


Faith Belief Systems Geography Globalization Interfaith Nature, Ethics and Environmental Change Religion Religion / Nature Interfaces Religious Architecture Sacred Spaces and Places Virtual Religious Worlds

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley D. Brunn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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