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"دراسة روحية تحليلية معمقة لأديان العالم الكبرى توضح فلسفة تعاليمها وجواهر حكمتها: الهندوسية، البوذية، الكونفوشية، الطاوية، اليهودية، المسيحية، الإسلام، الأديان البدائية..." كتاب يحمل من الحكمة الشيء الكثير، ومن سعة المعرفة وآفاق العالم الرحيب، الكتاب الذي بيع منه أكثر من مليون ونصف مليون نسخة.
أديان العالم، دراسة، هوستن سميث، ترجمة: سعد رستم، دار الجسور الثقافية، حلب 2005
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Paperback, 1st Edition , 592 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by دار الجسور الثقافية حلب (first published 1958)
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هبة الله
Dec 27, 2015 هبة الله rated it really liked it
فى البداية احب اشكر اصدقائى على مشاركتهم فى قراءة الكتاب لقد عاونونى فى فهم الكثير من خلال المناقشات

ذكر الكاتب فى مقدمة الكتاب ان هذا الكتاب هو غوص فى روح الدين وليس فى بنائه الاساسى او تاريخه وانه اهتم بشكل اساسى ان يستعرض كل دين من خلال وجهه نظر معتنقيه وليس من خلال وجهه نظر الكاتب او خلفيته الثقافية والدينيه
وذكر المترجم ايضاران الكاتب درس الاديان من مصادرها الاصلية ورحل الى بلدانها واعتنقها ومارسهاﻻلفترات زمنية
تحدث الكاتب عن الهندوسية وهى اكثر الاديان تشعبا وتعقيدا وفلسفة ثم تحدث عن البوذية
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Heba
Dec 26, 2015 Heba rated it really liked it
Shelves: اديان
اظن بهذا الكتاب اختتم قراءاتى لعام 2015 .على الرغم من ان هذا العام على الصعيد الشخصى كان ملئ بالخيبات وضاعت به الكثير من الأحلام
على الرغم من الألم الشخصى الاانه من اكثر الاعوام التى غيرتنى عقلياً وفكرياً ويرجع السبب الأساسى فى هذا التغيير وفى القدرة على تجاوز الأوقات العصيبة للقراءة .اصدقائى الأعزاء الكتب فانا من القلة التى تعتقد ان للكتب ارواح وانه فى كل مرة اطالع كتابا يعطينى جزء من روحه .

انتقلت لأنواع جديدة من الكتب لم تكن عناوينها تسترعى انتباهى من قبل ودخلت عوالم لم يطأها عقلى من قبل يرجع
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ياسمين خليفة
هذا الكتاب أشبه بموسوعة عن الأديان السماوية منها والأرضية والبدائية وما يميزه أن مؤلفه لم يسخر من أي دين بل قدم كل دين من وجهة نظر معتقنيه , حاول أن يبرز الجوانب الجميلة في كل الأديان وشرح فلسفتها بطريقة مبسطة وسهلة , الكتاب ضخم ومرهق لكنه ملىء بالمعلومات المفيدة التي ستجعلك تفهم أديان الآخرين أكثر وفهمك لكل الديانات سيجعلك تدرك أن نقاط الاتفاق بين الأديان أكثر من نقاط الاختلاف ومع ذلك فإنك يجب أن تحترم هذا الاختلاف وتدرك أن كل دين هو طريقة مختلفة للوصول إلى الله
Hesham Khaled
Jan 24, 2016 Hesham Khaled rated it it was amazing
إن الله يتحدث إلينا في ثلاثة مواضع: في الكتب المقدسة، وفي أعماقنا، وفي صوت الغرباء
|توماس ميرتون|

لذا كان لابد من الاستماع دائما للغرباء والمختلفين عنّا فكريا وعقائديا.
قدم هوستن سميث مجهودا ممتازا في محاولة توضيح الديانات التي تناولها من منظور معتنقيها ومحاولة تبسيطها ولكن يظل عمله في الأخير هو محاولة أولية لفهم تلك الديانات . . وبالطبع كل ديانة تملك كمّا هائلا من الأدبيات الخاصة بها بالإضافة لتشعب مذاهبها وعمقها التاريخي.

يظل الجزء المفضل لي في الكتاب هو الخاص بالهندوسية التي افتتح بها كتابه . .
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Imane
Jan 01, 2016 Imane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: دين

وجدت صعوبة في فهم الديانات الاربعة الاولى الهندوسية البوذية الكونفوشية الطاوية ربما يرجع ذلك لا ني قبل قراءة الكتاب لم تكن لدي ادنى فكرة عنها و اغلبها يرتكز على استعمال اليوغا التي تتنوع طقوسها لكن الهدف واحد هو الصعود و الترقي الباطني بعيدا عن العالم المادي عالم التجربة و الحس من اجل التحرر من عجلة الحياة لكي تتلاشى فرديتنا في الروح العالمية.هناك تشابه كبير بين الهندوسية و البوذية و يرجع ذلك الى ان بوذا جاء مصلحا و رافضا لنظام الطبقات التي كانت تفرضه الهندوسية فليس من العدل تواجد طبقة المنبوذين
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Tim
Sep 08, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope to have time to reflect more on this one in writing. For now, a quote:

"But we also listen to the faith of others, including the secularists. We listen first because, as this book opened by noting, our times require it. The community today can be no single tradition; it is the planet. Daily the world grows smaller, leaving understanding the only place where peace can find a home. We are not prepared for the annihilation of distance that science has effected. Who today stands ready to accep
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Jamie
Feb 10, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huston provides a powerful punch of wonderous delight for the world's historical religions. I was left in awestuck wonder at how beautiful, pragmatic, and well thought out information that he articluates in this excellent book. This is an unbias fact base book that adhears to the positive side that religion provides (aside from the negativity that is obviously present within every religion, he bypasses that notion and delves into the heart and soul of each practice.)

I sat on my comfy sofa feelin
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Grace
Aug 26, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book thinking that this would be a good refresher, after all I'm a worldly woman who knows so much about other religions! Right? Yeah, I'm embarrassed about how smug that sounds, too. After perusing (in the truly correct use of that word) its pages, I honestly cannot believe how little I knew. And to be completely honest, I am still struggling to grasp all of the information presented by Smith.

This book is amazing. Smith readily admits that his work is not comprehensive (and rea
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Nathaniel
The seminal inaccurate "world religions" volume for the ages. While Smith's coverage of the Judeo-Christian tradition is excellent and his treatment of Islam is adequate, he has a hard time getting away from the Middle Eastern/monotheistic perspective and allows it to color his writing. Consequently this book becomes less and less accurate the farther East he gets and the more different from the Judeo-Christian tradition the religions become. His handling of Buddhism and Taoism is particularly s ...more
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Cappy
Aug 15, 2009 Cappy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
The book is thoroughly uneven - strong at some points (Hinduism, Buddhism, articulating the merits of the world's wisdom tradtions) and weak at others (Judaism, Tribal religions, covering the nuts and bolts of the world's religions).

"As it was, the first 'draft' of my book was delivered to a television audience, and the director of the series never let me forget that audience. This is not a classroom where you have a captive audience, he kept reminding me. If you lose their attention for thirty
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Paul
No doubt a popular book in terms of numbers of copies sold. The author is a highly respected scholar on world religions who has taught at some of the most prestigious universities in America. He also grew up in China and has imbibed the rituals of most of the religions he's studied. So why the two stars:

* Smith is a pluralist. I find this position doesn't allow for the most rigorous and critical analysis of the religious positions presented.

Indeed, I find this position ironically gives the least
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Paul
May 18, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huston Smith's "The World's Religions" is one of the most significant books I've ever read. Smith digs underneath the rituals, theology, and cold historical facts to capture why some of these major religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity, are so deeply and meaningfully profound to billions and billions of people. One may disagree about whether any of these religious faiths speak the the absolute or partial truth regarding the meaning of our existence or reality, but ea ...more
James
Jan 02, 2012 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating should really be split into two: 5/5 for the art and 2/5 for the written content. The photographs and artworks in The Illustrated World's Religions are gorgeous, and highly illustrative of the various faiths in question. But the text is riddled with sweeping generalities. Peoples with highly different faiths and worldviews are lumped together: the final chapter, "The Primal Religions", includes Australian Aborigines, Native Americans, and various peoples of Africa and New Guinea as all ...more
Jason
I've always found Huston Smith insightful, lucid, and fun to read, and so I chose this as one of my course textbooks (when the previous textbook came out in a new edition---for $110!). In spite of its lack of much primary source material (which Philip Novak's collection of scriptures supplements), this is an excellent introduction to the major religions of the world, "our wisdom traditions." Smith's concise chapters describe the big religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, I ...more
Qt
Nov 29, 2007 Qt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A very nicely-put-together book, this consists of chapters written by various authors on different facets of religion: pilgrimages, prayers, modern directions of the church, etc. My favorite part was the photos, which were of National Geographic-type quality and showed people performing various religious activities, as well as some beautiful shots of temples, churches, and scenery.
While not really something I would ordinarily just pick up to read, it was a very easy-reading book--very interesti
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Eric
Jul 01, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sprituality
I read this book for a World Religions class which was actually the intro class, but I took it at the end :) I didn't expect much from a 101 class, but this book really grabbed me. As Smith says in the beginning, 'There are plenty of sources dealing with the negative aspects of religions and religious strife over the years. This book focuses on the positive aspects, the ideal each religion is striving for.'

It really opened up new worlds to me, and it was a breath of fresh air to have Christianit
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Michelle
Jan 21, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huston Smith was the one that wrote this book. This tells about seven of the world’s religions and the traditions that each one has, those are, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. “The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions” was originally published in 1958. As I said before this book tells about the different religions over the world, as I read I saw that Smith not only talked about the meaning of the religions, but he also talked about some cases ...more
Megan
Feb 21, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh, well, I kinda read this one. :) It was more dense than I am used to, it took me a long time to read and I couldn't renew it anymore at the library so I had to take it back before I finished it. I got about a 1/3 to 1/2 through it and I thought it was excellent. As one critic said, it really captures the "spirit" of major religions instead of focusing on dogma or traditions. I am considering purchasing so I can finish it and have it as a reference book.
Jennifer Olson
Read this for a graduate class on Religion in Education. I think a lot of professors assign this book because it's a well-known one that covers many religions. The book works great if you want to hear Huston Smith's narrative interpretation of what the world's religions are about, however it's not so great if you actually want a good overview of world religions in order to gain some basic knowledge about them.
He makes lots of awkward comparisons with Christianity and Western culture that don't
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Patrick
Oct 09, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lon
Aug 05, 2012 Lon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My spiritual imagination has stretched so much in the thoughtful reading of this venerable guide. For over 50 years, Huston Smith's book has served as a scholarly introduction to the most enduring wisdom traditions of the world: Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, as well as providing a fascinating study of primal spirituality. He goes deep, but avoids getting mired in the rituals and organizational structures; instead, he gets to the cultural impulses, the tensions, re ...more
Nathan
Jan 18, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine overview of the world's major religions and their primary subdivisions. The book's first strength lies in its unbiased writing: one can tell that Smith equally reveres each of the religions. In this vein, Smith beautifully extracts the essence of each religion, providing the core that cleanly shows why and how people place their faith. This portrays each religion in its most desirable and respectable light.

Religion is a complex social phenomenon and cannot be fully separated from the hist
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Dan Martin
May 08, 2008 Dan Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book and find it very insightful, interesting, and educational. Huston's writing style expresses with great respect how each of the religious belief systems resonate from the souls of the people into unique expressions of their deep longings for life purpose. I found myself wondering which of these religious expressions that he identified with most profoundly and I kept thinking it must be with all of them. While he described fundamental shortcomings for each he also ...more
Doug
Mar 18, 2011 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, thorough, balanced and insightful descriptions of the history and beliefs of the major world religions. Considering how limited my knowledge was before, I am vastly more educated on the subject having read this book. Everyone in the world should read this. The author manages to discuss each religion as if he were a believer and practitioner of that religion. That makes every section very positive, and as far as I could tell, there was no bias for or against any particular one. One thi ...more
A
Aug 11, 2012 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A number of the reviews touch upon the issues with this book, which I believe are inherent in the format Smith chooses. That is, rather than couch his survey of the religions in historical details or more in-depth study, he focuses on the key elements while seeking the core wisdom of each system. This is an excellent approach for communicating what is valuable within each tradition, but is bound to frustrate those seeking more historical/cultural context or those with more detailed knowledge of ...more
Alexis
Jan 08, 2008 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
smith certainly is looking at religions thru the lense of his christian upbringing - often making references that were lost on me because he was assuming his readership had a similar christian education - e.g. "blah blah is considered the Hindu Thomas Aquinas." i don't know what that means. i know thomas aquinas wrote a book. end of my knowledge about him. plus the book is structured so that christianity is discussed last, like the cherry-on-top, so there are some akward passages where he tries ...more
Kathryn
Nov 16, 2007 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who cares about humanity!
An absolutely wonderful book, filled with genuine passion and humanity in addition to scholarly accounts. My fabulous professor chose this book for the Introduction to World Religions course I took while in business school and this helped spark the embers of my passion for studying religion and lead my course for graduate school! It's an excellent introduction though, keep in mind, it is only an "introduction." The standard description posted above is a good representation. Two items to keep in ...more
Brandon
Jan 22, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The World's Religions is one of the most insightful introductory texts to the distinct religions in the world one will discover. It was through this book that allows me to give a one-word definition for each of the definitions; for without them I will perhaps will not remember the words, the brilliance, and social implications Smith brought into an extremely well-written eulogy of the world's religions. Whilst I continue to remain an agnostic atheist, I will have had the opportunity to qualify m ...more
Mark
May 06, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting primer on World Religions. Smith tends to take a very positive approach to the Religions, oftentimes glossing over or ignoring the many problems that religions have caused. However, that criticism aside, Smith starts with the Eastern Faiths and makes Hindusim, Buddhism and Taoism instantly accessible and understandable. By the time the Western reader engages the Western Faiths of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, he or she will know enough of the Eastern faiths to draw comparisons ...more
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Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary c ...more
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“Never during its pilgrimage is the human spirit completely adrift and alone. From start to finish its nucleus is the Atman, the god-within... underlying its whirlpool of transient feelings, emotions, and delusions is the self-luminous, abiding point of the transpersonal god. As the sun lights the world even when cloud-covered, “the Immutable is never seen but is the Witness; it is never heard but is the Hearer; it is never thought but is the Thinker; it is never known but is the Knower. There is no other witness but This, no other knower but This." from the Upanishad” 6 likes
“What a strange fellowship this is, the God seekers in every land, lifting their voices in the most disparate ways imaginable to the God of all life. How does it sound from above? Like bedlam, or do the strains blend in strange ethereal harmony? Does one faith carry the lead or do the parts share in counterpoint and antiphony where not in full throated chorus?

We cannot know. All we can do is to listen carefully and with full attention to each voice in turn as it addresses the divine.”
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