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World Religions
Leaf of an Arabic Koran from the Ottoman Empire
ca. 1800
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I. Manuscript and Archival

Buddhism
  • Tibetan Buddhist manuscript: leaf from a late 18th century book of Buddhist sutras in Tibetan script.
  • Buddhist Temple/Place of Peace: programs and informational booklets from the 2008 dedication of the temple on Furman University's campus. See RGs 21/008 and 30/000.
Islam
  • Mughal Koran, leaf from a fragment of an illuminated Koran from 18th-century India.
  • Arabic Ottoman Koran, leaf of a hand-lettered Koran manuscript from the Ottoman Empire, ca. 1800.
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship Lecture Series, CD recording of a lecture given October 1, 2009 by Fr. Daniel Byantoro, titled "Islam and Christianity"
  • Political Science Senior Honors Essays, "Religious rhetoric and the Gulf crisis," by Maureen Atta, 1993
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, cassette recording of a lecture given November 3, 1988 by L.H. McEachern, titled "Islam: Unraveling the Mystery of the Middle East"
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, cassette recording of a lecture given April 9, 1991, by Dawud Assad, titled "The Middle East crisis: Muslim concerns here, there and everywhere"
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, CD recording of a lecture given November 15, 2005, by Ousama Arabi, titled "Comtemporary Islam: Religious and Legal Aspects"
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, CD recording of a lecture given October 18, 2010 by Yahya Hendi, titled "Islam within: what Islam really says about jihad and women, war and peace"
Judaism
  • A.J. Head Lectures in the Humanities, CD recording of a lecture given November 5, 2007 by Amy Jo Levine, titled "Jesus and Judaism"
  • Laura Ebaugh Collection, contains materials from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the National Council of Jewish Women in the mid-20th century.
  • Max Heller Collection, contains materials related to Greenville's Temple Beth Israel from the 1950s-2000s and Mayor Heller's annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfasts (1976-1979), among other items from Greenville's first Jewish mayor.
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, cassette recording of a lecture given October 2, 1985 by Michael Cook, titled "A Jew Looks at the New Testament"
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, CD recording of a lecture given March 14, 2000 by Alan Culpepper, titled "Jews & the Christians in the Fourth Gospel"
  • Religion in Life Lecture Series, CD recording of a lecture given March 27, 1991, by Alvin M. Sugarman, titled, "The Jewish people, one soul, one heart, one vision: Jewish Americans, Israel and Middle East"
Taoism
  • Poteat Family Collection, contains the essays "The Concept of Tao in Chinese Culture" by Chun-Yuan Chang, "Taoism" by Prof. Louis Houdous, and "Tao" by an unknown author. All essays date from the early- to mid-20th century.
II. Artifacts

Buddhism
  • 08.02.1000: Buddha head from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) Grey stone head on black metal base; sheared at neck as if removed from larger statue.
  • 09.05.002: Model of a Chinese temple, possibly Buddhist or Taoist.
Judaism
  • 02.05.196: A Jewish Beit Natif type oil lamp from the Middle East in the 4th century CE. Light terracotta-colored with darker terracotta in some places. Geometric design but mostly rubbed off. Raised bottom. Fairly smooth. Top and bottom halves look like separate at some point. Pen writing on botom reads "A,66 Tomb F4 300.3 3643."
  • 02.05.202: Herodic oil lamp from the Middle East in the first century CE. Light terracotta in color with a brownish top layer peeling off. Spout has angular, geometric shape. Rounded-flat bottom. Slightly rough texture. Circular marks on bottom.
  • 02.05.215: A Jewish Beit-Natif type oil lamp from the Middle East in the 4th century CE. Light terracotta colored with dark-reddish terracotta color in some places. Slightly rough texture. Design on top mostly rubbed off. Raised bottom.
Taoism
  • 03.02.058, Taoist priest's coat
  • 09.05.002: Model of a Chinese temple, possibly Buddhist or Taoist.
III. Books and Published Materials

Buddhism
  • The bodymind experience in Japanese Buddhism: a phenomenological perspective of Kukai and Dogen, David Edward Shaner, 1985
Islam
  • Striving together: a way forward in Christian-Muslim relations, Charles Kimball, 1991
  • "Competition and region: Abrahamic religions and Islam," Alfons H. Teipen; in Competition: a multidisciplinary analysis, edited by Wade B. Worthen et al., 2009
Judaism
  • Moses and Aaron. Civil and ecclesiasticall rites, vsed by the ancient Hebrewes: observed, and at large opened, for the clearing of many obscure texts thorowout the whole Scriptvre. Which texts are now added in the end of the booke. Herein likewise is shewed what cvstomes the Hebrewes borrowed from heathen people: and that many heathenish customes, originally have beene unwarrantable imitations of the Hebrewes, Thomas Godwyn, B. D., 1628, Microfilm
  • An exposition of the Old Testament, in which are recorded the origin of mankind, of the several nations of the world and of the Jewish nation in particular, the lives of the patriarchs of Israel; the journey of that people from Egypt ... their laws, moral, ceremonial, and judicial ... and their sacred books of devotion, 1817-1819
  • Justin Martyr's dialogue with Trypho the Jew, translated from the Greek into English, with notes, chiefly for the advantage of English readers, a preliminary dissertation, and a short analysis by Henry Brown, 1846
  • The women of Israel, Grace Aguilar, 1841
  • A charity sermon: delivered at the Wentworth-Street Synagogue, for the relief of the sick and indigent, Solomon Jacobs, 1852
  • Leila Ada, the Jewish convert: an authentic memoir, Osborn W. Trenery Heighway, 1855
  • The Temple, its ministry and services: as they were at the time of Jesus Christ, Alfred Edersheim, ca. 1880
  • A tale of two peoples: Gentiles and Jews, W.M. Seay, 1927
  • Cycles of time and seasons based on the reproduced ancient Hebrew calendar, G.C. Savage, 1928
  • From Babylon to Bethlehem: a survey of interbiblical history, C. Lamar McGinty, 1929
  • Cultural activity, religious congregations, 1775-1776: after Paullin and Wright, 1976
  • Exploring the Jewish heritage in Spain, Samuel and Tamar Grand, 1979
  • "Judaism in South Carolina," Randall M. Miller, in Religion in South Carolina, ed. Charles H. Lippy, 1993
  • "Enemy and ally: contending with John's anti-Judaism," Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, in Walk in the ways of wisdom: essays in honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, ed. Shelly Matthews, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, and Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, 2003
  • The Jerusalem temple and early Christian identity, Timothy Wardle, 2010
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the General Collection

General Religion Resources
  • Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America, edited by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether; associate editor, Marie Cantlon, 2006, Reference Collection
  • Atlas of the world's religions, edited by Ninian Smart, 1999, Reference Collection
  • The encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy and religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen, Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber et al.; editors, Stephan Schuhmacher, Gert Woerner; translators, Michael H. Kohn, Karen Ready, Werner Wünsche, 1989, Reference Collection
Buddhism
  • Encyclopedia of Buddhism, edited by Damien Keown, Charles S. Prebish, 2007, Reference Collection
  • A dictionary of Chinese Buddhist terms: with Sanskrit and English equivalents and a Sanskrit-Pali index, compiled by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous, 1977
  • Bukkyo daijiten, edited by the Ryukoku University faculty, 1972-1974, Reference Collection
Islam
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of the Islamic world, John L. Esposito, editor in chief, 2009, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Islamic civilisation and religion, edited by Ian Richard Netton, 2008, Reference Collection
  • The new encyclopedia of Islam, Cyril Glassé, 2008, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures, general editor, Suad Joseph; associate editors, Afsaneh Najmabadi, et al., 2003-2007, Reference Collection
  • The Islamic world: past and present, John L. Esposito et al., 2004, Reference Collection
Judaism
  • The Eerdmans dictionary of early Judaism, edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow, 2010, Reference Collection
  • Historical dictionary of Judaism, Norman Solomon, 2006, Reference Collection
  • Theological dictionary of rabbinic Judaism, Jacob Neusner, 2005, Reference Collection
  • The Routledge dictionary of Judaism, Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck, 2004, Reference Collection
  • An encyclopedia of American synagogue ritual, Kerry M. Olitzky; Marc Lee Raphael, advisory editor, 2000, Reference Collection
Taoism
  • The encyclopedia of Taoism, edited by Fabrizio Pregadio, 2008, Reference Collection
  • The A to Z of Taoism, Julian F. Pas, 2006, Reference Collection
  • Historical dictionary of Taoism, Julian F. Pas, in cooperation with Man Kam Leung, 1998, Reference Collection
V. Online Resources at Furman
  • ATLA Religion Database, online database of scholarly articles, book reviews, and essays in religion.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion, online encyclopedia of religious practices and life in different areas around the globe.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion in America, online encyclopedia of religious communities in America and their relationships with American culture.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection, database of secondary source articles from over 300 publications on topics including world religions, major denominations, religious history, epistemology, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
  • Encyclopedia Judaica, online encylopedia of secondary articles about Judaism and Jewish life.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam, online encyclopedia of secondary articles about Islam.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies, online database of secondary articles and biographies, as well as primary sources and images and maps related to life in the Islamic world.
VI. Web Sites
  • Journal of Global Buddhism, website of a scholarly journal dedicated to Buddhist studies.
  • The Buddhist Centre, information on the basic beliefs of Buddhism from an online Triratna Buddhist "community space."
  • Buddhanet, online "Buddhist education and information network."
  • Buddhist Geeks, an American, technologically-oriented Buddhist organization.
  • Hinduism, overview of the basic beliefs, practices, and history of Hinduism, from the BBC.
  • Hinduism Today, homepage of a quarterly Hindu magazine published at the Hindu monastery on Kauai.
  • Islam and Islamic Studies Resources, compilation page of online resources on Islam and Islamic sources, from the University of Georgia.
  • Internet Islamic History Sourcebook, transcribed online primary sources related to the history of Islam, from New York City's Fordham University.
  • Islam, overview of the basic beliefs, practices, and history of Islam, from the BBC.
  • Islam: Empire of Faith, online exhibition on Islamic history and culture, from PBS.
  • Judaism 101, online encyclopedia of Jewish religion, history, and culture, from JewFAQ.com.
  • Chabad.org, website of a branch of Hasidic Judaism, providing a general encyclopedia of Judaism and other materials.
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, homepage of a North American Conservative Jewish organization.
  • Reform Judaism Magazine Online, online presence of "the world's largest circulated Jewish magazine."
  • Center of Traditional Taoist Studies, homepage of a Taoist "theological and educational organization dedicated to promoting Taoism throughout the United States and the world."