"The present publication is an up-to-date, authentic and comprehensive dictionary of religion, which recognises that religion is a field in its own right and with its own language. It aims to provide clear, concise and correct definitions and descriptions of the terms used in all world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Animism and so on.
This work is designed to be a comprehensive reference tool for researchers, students, religious practitioners and all who are interested in religions and religious practices. It is earnestly hoped that it will be an authoritative source to which one can turn with confidence for meaning and knowledge of the common and specialised terms used in world religions." (jacket)