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By John F. A. Sawyer, J. M. Y. Simpson, R. E. Asher

The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith presents the expert and the final reader with actual, up to date details on each element of the the most important interface among language and faith. easy accessibility to fabric in over 320 articles by way of students in lots of fields is supplied either in a transparent thematic association, and through a complete and certain normal index. dialogue of many issues together with the construction of certain sacred scripts, spiritual calligraphy, and using non secular symbols in meditation, magic and in different places, is enriched and elucidated via illustrations, diagrams and tables. The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith brings jointly articles and bibliographic entries drawn from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, all of which were revised and up to date competently. those articles are supplemented through quite a few thoroughly new contributions, one in all that's an intensive 12,500 notice article on 'Basic ideas and phrases in Linguistics', making this quantity available to a large viewers.

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Before colonial rule in Africa, there was a holistic view of life in that there was no separation between culture and religion. To the indigenous African, religion is practiced in all areas of one's life. It is a way of life. The fact that there are a variety of expressions of African Traditional Religion has led to discussions among the scholars as to whether one should talk about African Traditional Religion in plural or in singular. S. Mbiti, one of the outstanding scholars of this religion, argues for a plural description.

For BabT scriptural sources see MacEoin (1992). ) 1891/1 Traveller's Narrative, vol. u, Note R, p. 317f. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Collins W P 1990 Bibliography of English Language Works on the BdbiandBahd'iFaiths 1844-1985. George Ronald, Oxford MacEoin D 1992 The Sources for Early Bdbi Doctrine and History: A Survey. ) 1987 Selections from the Writings of E G Browne on the Bdbi and Bahd Y Religions. George Ronald. Oxford British Israelites W. L. Ingrain British-Israelism is a belief system which states the Caucasian people of Western Europe and the United States are the biological descendants of the ancient Israelites.

A similar contrast can be seen between Hinduism where Sanskrit has always played a central role, and Buddhism where Tibetan, Pali, Chinese, Japanese, and other translations have assumed the role of sacred texts. The effect of this on the development of each distinctive religious tradition cannot be overestimated. It is hardly imaginable that the niceties of early Christian doctrine could have been defined with such precision in a language other than Greek, or that mediaeval Muslim theology would have taken the form it did take in a language other than Arabic.

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