“To see others with a measure of openness, empathy, and good will.... In that capacity lies the foundation of human sympathy and cultural wisdom.” —JACK MILES, General Editor, from the Preface
A landmark work in which the six major, living, international world religions speak to readers in their own words.
This magisterial Norton Anthology, edited by world-renowned
scholars under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles, offers
a portable library of more than 1,000 primary texts from the world’s
major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism (Volume 1); and Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam (Volume 2).
The anthology brings together
foundational works—the Bhagavad Gita, the Daode jing, the Bible, the
Qur’an—with the writings of scholars, seekers, believers, and skeptics
whose voices over centuries have kept these religions vital.
with the provocative question,Can religion be defined?, Miles’s
dazzling introduction tells a new story: traveling from prehistory to
the present day, he illuminates how world religions came to be
acknowledged and studied, absorbed and altered, understood and
To help readers encounter strikingly unfamiliar texts with pleasure, this Norton Anthology provides accessible introductions, headnotes, annotations, pronouncing glossaries, maps, illustrations, and chronologies.
For readers of any religion or none, The Norton Anthology of World Religions opens new worlds that, as Miles writes, invite us all “to see others with a measure of openness, empathy, and good will.”