a system of beliefs and practices that attempts to order life in terms of culturally perceived ultimate priorities
belief system in which one supreme being is revered as creator and arbiter of all that exists in the universe
belief system in which multiple deities are revered as creators and arbiters of all that exists in the universe
the belief that inanimate objects, such as hills, trees, rocks, rivers, and other elements of the natural landscape, possess souls and can help or hinder human efforts on Earth
A religion that appeals to all people and in some cases great effort is undertake in evangelism and missionary work.
a religion that is particular to one, culturally distinct, group of people.
one of the oldest religions in the modern world, dating back over 4000 years, and originating in the Indus River Valley of what is today part of Pakistan... is unique among the world's religions in that it does not have a single founder, a single theology, or agreement on its origins.
the strict social segregation of people—specifically in India's Hindu society—on the basis of ancestry and occupation
religion founded in the sixth century BCE and characterized by the belief that enlightenment would come through knowledge, especially self-knowledge; elimination of greed, craving, and desire; complete honesty; and never hurting another person or animal.
a philosophy of ethics, education, and public service based on the writings of Confucius and traditionally thought of as one of the core elements of Chinese culture.
religion with its roots in the teachings of Abraham (from Ur), who is credit with uniting his people to worship only one God.
a term describing forceful or voluntary dispersal of a people from their homeland to a new place. Originally denoting the dispersal of Jews.
the movement to unite the Jewish people of the diaspora and to establish a national homeland for them in the promised land
religion based on the teachings of Jesus. According to Christian teaching, Jesus is the son of God, placed on Earth to teach people how to live according to God's plan
Eastern Orthodox Church (eoc)
one of the three major branches of Christianity, In 1054 CE, Christianity was divided along that same line when the church, centered in Constantinople; and the Roman Catholic Church, centered in Rome, split.
one of three major branches of Christianity, many adherents to the Catholic church began to question the role of religion in their lives and opened the door to the Protestant Reformation in 1517
the youngest of the major world religions, Islam is based on the teachings of Muhammad, born in Mecca in 571 CE. According to the teaching, Muhammad received the truth directly from Allah in a series of revelations during which Muhammad spoke the verses of the Qu'ran (Koran), the Islamic holy book.
Adherents to the largest branch of Islam, called the orthodox or traditionalist. They believe in the effectiveness of family and community in the solution of life's problems, and they differ from the Shiites in accepting the traditions of Muhammad as authoritative
adherents of one of the two main divisions of Islam.... represent the Persian (Iranian) variation of Islam and believe in the infallibility and divine right to authority of the Imams, descendants of Ali (based largely in Iraq & Iran)
belief systems and philosophies practiced and traditionally passed from generation to generation among peoples within a ... tribe or group
tower attached to a Muslim mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a crier call Muslims to prayer
the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad
religious movement whose objectives are to return to the foundations of the faith and to influence state policy
religious fundamentalism carried to the point of violence
The system of Islamic law, sometimes called Quranic law. Unlike most western systems of law that are based on legal precedence, sharia is based on varying degrees of interpretation of the Quran.
a doctrine within Islam. Commonly translated as "Holy War," Jihad represents either a personal or collective struggle on the part of Muslims to live up to the religious standards set by the Qu'ran