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Renard, John 1944-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 214 publications in 3 languages and 18,380 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Handbooks and manuals  Dictionaries  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: BP161.2, 297
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Most widely held works by John Renard
The handy religion answer book by John Renard( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Vietnamese and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a question-and-answer guide to the prominent religions of the world. It provides detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, membership, leaders, and organization of the world's eight major religious traditions. The spiritual world we live in today is a diverse and sometimes highly individual mix of religious practices and beliefs. The physical world is a much smaller place, often secular in appearance but still very much fueled by religious beliefs and conflict in the name of God. This book provides descriptions of major beliefs and rituals worldwide, affording the reader an understanding of contemporary religion. Written by a scholar with more than 40 years of study and teaching experience, it is a comparative guide for anyone seeking basic religious literacy and intellectual history. This fully revised and updated edition contains answers more than 1,000 questions, such as What is the significance of the Star of David? How did so many different Christian churches come into being? What is the importance of the month of Ramadan? What is an Ayatollah? and Do Taoists believe in heaven and hell?, as well as new questions concerning religion and violence and suborganizations that claim affiliation with the major faith communities. A glossary of religious terminology, and maps of the general coverage areas for each religion are also included
Seven doors to Islam : spirituality and the religious life of Muslims by John Renard( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the religious worldview and spiritual tradition of the world's one billion Muslims. Spanning the breadth of Islamic civilization from Morocco to Indonesia, this book demonstrates how Muslims have used the literary and visual arts in all their richness and diversity to communicate religious values. Each of the seven chapters opens a "door" that leads progressively closer to the very heart of Islam, from the foundational revelation in the Qur'an to the transcendent experience of the Sufi mystics. However, unlike most studies of Islam, which see spirituality as the concern of a minority of mystical seekers, this book demonstrates its central role in every aspect of the Islamic tradition.--From publisher description
Windows on the house of Islam : Muslim sources on spirituality and religious life by John Renard( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the centuries and across the globe, Muslim authors and artists have given moving testimony to their experience of being members of the Islamic community. Their many vantage points come together in this collection, one that represents major Islamic groups from the past through the present and covers a range of themes essential to understanding Islamic spirituality and religious life. More than thirty leading Islam scholars present translations originating from a dozen languages, including Arabic, Persian, Chinese, and Indonesian. Texts include samples of virtually every major literary form of significance to the Muslim faith: the Qur'an, hadith, scriptural commentary, letters, treatises, lyric and didactic poetry, hagiography, historical chronicle, aphorism, endowment deeds, and personal diary entries. In addition, over five dozen illustrations thematically document a full range of artistic forms and historical periods, from ritual objects and architecture to manuscripts of religious texts. This volume and its companion, John Renard's 1996 book, Seven Doors to Islam, are the only books available that integrate such a wide range of Islamic literary and visual forms. Together they offer a superb introduction to the primary religious sources as well as a general understanding of Islamic spirituality and culture
Responses to 101 questions on Hinduism by John Renard( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and French and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friends of God : Islamic images of piety, commitment, and servanthood by John Renard( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prophets, saints, martyrs, sages, and seers - one of the richest repositories of lore about such exemplary religious figures belongs to the world's approximately 1.3 billion Muslims. Illuminating some of the most delightful tales in world religious literature, this engaging book is the first truly global overview of Islamic hagiography. John Renard tells of the characters beyond the Qur'an and Hadith, whose stories of piety and service to God and humanity have captured hearts and minds for nearly fourteen hundred years. Renard's thematic approach to the major characters, narratives, social and cultural contexts, and theoretical concepts of this remarkable treasury of tales, based on material ranging from the eighth to the twentieth centuries and from countries ranging from Morocco to Malaysia, provides insight into the ways in which these stories have functioned in the lives of Muslims from diverse cultural, social, economic, and political backgrounds. The book also serves as a useful and evocative tool for approaching the vast geographical and chronological sweep of Islamic civilization."--Book cover
Islam and Christianity : theological themes in comparative perspective by John Renard( Book )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning scholar John Renard illuminates the similarities as well as the differences between Islam and Christianity through a clear exploration of four major dimensions--historical, creedal, institutional, and ethical and spiritual. Throughout, the book features comparisons between concrete elements such as creedal statements, prayer texts, and writings from major. -- Publisher description
The handy Islam answer book by John Renard( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Provides detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, leaders, and organization of the world's second largest religion, [explaining] the significance of the Five Pillars, Muhammad, various sects, the Quran, Islamic law, and much more"--
In the footsteps of Muhammad : understanding the Islamic experience by John Renard( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical dictionary of Sufism by John Renard( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historical Dictionary of Sufism includes more than 1,000 entries on the history, major figures, institutions, theology, and literary works associated with Islam's mystical tradition, Sufism. In addition, the volume is enhanced by thousands of cross-references, an introductory essay, and a map, chronology, glossary, and bibliography. Important visual themes associated with Sufi thought and history are illustrated in 20 black-and-white photographs of both classical and contemporary aspects of Sufism." "This volume's extensive information will not only assist those seeking a deeper understanding of the diversity within Islam and a more complete context for contemporary events, but will also prove invaluable to researchers needing quick access to both basic and obscure aspects of Sufism."--Jacket
Knowledge of God in classical Sufism : foundations of Islamic mystical theology( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Responses to 101 questions on Islam by John Renard( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Answers questions about the religious traditions of Islam and Muslims, arranged in such categories as Beginnings and Sources, History and Development, Beliefs and Practices, Law and Ethics, Cultural and Intellectual Themes, Women and the Family, and more
Islam and the heroic image : themes in literature and the visual arts by John Renard( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the world and over many centuries, the cultures in which Islam has been a major presence have created stories in word and picture to celebrate the men and women who best exemplify each culture's aspirations. This is the story of how those heroic figures have both shaped and been shaped by the religious tradition called Islam
Fighting words : religion, violence, and the interpretation of sacred texts by John Renard( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the critical issues in interreligious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion. In his introduction, Renard provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions--Jewish, Christian (including both the Old and New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Sikh. Eight chapters then explore the interpretation of select facets of these scriptures, focusing on those texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration and justification for every kind of violence, from individual assassination to mass murder. With its nuanced consideration of a complex topic, this book is not merely about the religious sanctioning of violence but also about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources."--Page 4 of cover
101 questions and answers on Islam by John Renard( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Answers questions about the religious traditions of Islam and Muslims, arranged in such categories as Beginnings and Sources, History and Development, Beliefs and Practices, Law and Ethics, Cultural and Intellectual Themes, Women and the Family, and more
Tales of God's friends : Islamic hagiography in translation by John Renard( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This remarkable collection gathers a breathtakingly diverse selection of primary texts from the vast repertoire of Islamic stories about holy men and women - also known as Friends of God - who were exemplary for their piety, intimacy with God, and service to their fellow human beings. Translated from seventeen languages by more than two dozen scholars of Islamic studies, these texts come from the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and China and Southeast Asia. Historically, they begin with the eighth century and include samples from medieval, early modern, and modern Muslim societies. Expertly edited and introduced by John Renard, Tales of God's Friends serves as a companion volume to Renard's Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood."--Book cover
101 Questions and answers on Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto by John Renard( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Answers questions concerning the origins, development, doctrines and practices, ethics, spirituality, and other aspects of three major East Asian belief systems
Responses to 101 questions on Buddhism by John Renard( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the king's falcons : Rumi on prophets and revelation by John Renard( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

101 questions and answers on Buddhism by John Renard( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents answers to questions about Buddhism such as "Who was Buddha? "Is nirvana real?", and "Why is the Dali Lama so important to so many Buddhists?"
Islamic theological themes : a primary source reader( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Islamic Theological Themes comprises primary sources assembled from a broad chronological and geographic spectrum. A comprehensive anthology of primary Islamic sacred texts in translation, this volume includes rare and never before translated selections, all freshly situated and introduced with a view to opening doors into the larger world of Islamic life, belief, and culture. From pretheological material on the scriptural end of the spectrum, to the more practical material at the other, John Renard broadens our concepts of what counts as "Islamic theology," situating Islamic theological literature within the context of the emerging subdiscipline of Relational/Comparative Theology. Divided into five parts, students and scholars will find this collection to be an indispensible tool"--
 
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Seven doors to Islam : spirituality and the religious life of Muslims
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Renard, G. John 1944-

Renard, George John.

Renard, George John 1944-

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Seven doors to Islam : spirituality and the religious life of MuslimsWindows on the house of Islam : Muslim sources on spirituality and religious lifeResponses to 101 questions on HinduismFriends of God : Islamic images of piety, commitment, and servanthoodIslam and Christianity : theological themes in comparative perspectiveHistorical dictionary of SufismKnowledge of God in classical Sufism : foundations of Islamic mystical theologyResponses to 101 questions on Islam