This extensive work explores the changing world of religions, faiths and practices. It discusses a broad range of issues and phenomena that are related to religion, including nature, ethics, secularization, gender and identity. Broadening the context, it studies the interrelation between religion and other fields, including education, business, economics and law. The book presents a vast array of examples to illustrate the changes that have taken place and have led to a new world map of religions. Beginning with an introduction of the concept of the “changing world religion map”, the book first focuses on nature, ethics and the environment. It examines humankind’s eternal search for the sacred, and discusses the emergence of “green” religion as a theme that cuts across many faiths. Next, the book turns to the theme of the pilgrimage, illustrated by many examples from all parts of the world. In its discussion of the interrelation between religion and education, it looks at the role of missionary movements. It explains the relationship between religion, business, economics and law by means of a discussion of legal and moral frameworks, and the financial and business issues of religious organizations. The next part of the book explores the many “new faces” that are part of the religious landscape and culture of the Global North (Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada) and the Global South (Latin America, Africa and Asia). It does so by looking at specific population movements, diasporas, and the impact of globalization. The volume next turns to secularization as both a phenomenon occurring in the Global religious North, and as an emerging and distinguishing feature in the metropolitan, cosmopolitan and gateway cities and regions in the Global South. The final part of the book explores the changing world of religion in regards to gender and identity issues, the political/religious nexus, and the new worlds associated with the virtual technologies and visual media.
- Waterproof - Tear-Resistant - Travel Map There are few nations as vast and spectacularly diverse as the United States of America. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, "America the Beautiful" offers boundless destinations and experiences for travelers seeking outdoor adventures, small town delights, or the excitement of urban culture. The United States Northeast Adventure Map will guide you through the states of the Mid Atlantic region (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey) and New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine). Each of these states is rich in history and nature and has its own distinct character, from the dramatic rocky shoreline of Maine's Acadia National Park and the beaches and dunes of Cape Cod Massachusetts, through the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the White and Green Mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, and the rolling Allegheny and Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The diverse megalopolis of Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston that covers the Atlantic coastal plain is interspersed with historic seaports and beautiful parks, beaches, marshes, and bays including Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. The inland cities of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Albany are also included on this map. There is simply no better map for exploring the Northeast United States. National Geographic's US Adventure Maps provide the most authoritative and convenient travel maps available to plan and guide your USA Adventure. Each map delivers the perfect combination of detail and perspective, highlighting travel routes, topography, and points of interest for those venturing beyond the city centers. Whether you're on a classic American road trip or planning a grand tour to visit several cities or national parks, these maps offer the ultimate geographic resource as only National Geographic can provide. Every Adventure Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough -- capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel. Map Scale = 1:1,300,000 Sheet Size = 25.5" x 37.75" Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"
Anyone, of any age with any budget, can become a smart traveler with advice from an experienced, lifelong, solo, global wanderer like Jane Weber. A Traveler’s Travel Guide offers first-hand tips on who can travel, where and when to go, how to plan and prepare, what to take and how to pack. Sample itineraries range from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland to the Galapagos and South America. Maps and personal anecdotes enthrall would-be travelers and adventure addicts alike. Practical tips on how to stretch your travel budget are insightful. Learn about the world’s special places, easy-to-visit destinations around the planet, trips-of-a-lifetime and even how to spot and photograph wildlife on road trips. Sprinkled with more than 100 full-color photographs taken during Weber’s journeys, this traveler’s guidebook will intrigue, inform and inspire readers of all ages, seniors and students, would-be journey seekers, solo wanderers and seasoned travelers alike. Weber’s travel adventures demonstrate how important it is to live in the moment. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Go with the flow as your reading adventure unfolds. Travel, even the armchair variety, will change the way you see the world and the 7.5 billion people you must share it with. As the ultimate global traveler, Mark Twain advised in 1869, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Weber explains the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” in a casual but informative style in this witty, appealing book.
A complete guide to the populous Mexican capitol and surrounding areas. Welcome to Mexico City, the oldest city in the Americas and one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Zain Dean introduces you to its unique mix of ancient empire and modern, sophisticated society: “If you’re willing to brave its often misunderstood exterior,” he writes, “you’ll be rewarded by a city that has been fascinating adventurers, wanderers, and explorers for thousands of years.” Mexico’s capital and its environs offer pre-Hispanic ruins and magnificent temples, as well as ritzy retreats, spectacular volcanoes, and picturesque historic areas. You’ll also find dining, shopping, and accommodations to suit every budget. Sections thoughtfully and thoroughly cover the myths and realities of travel in Mexico, language and monetary concerns, and health and safety issues. More than 100 photographs and detailed maps round out the package, making this guidebook an indispensable resource.
"Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered...Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, and history."—National Geographic Traveler Montreal & Quebec City is a user-friendly and lighthearted travel guide that offers local flavor on where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Includes more than 400 listings—travel essentials like tips on crossing the border and suggested walking tours. Distinctive for their accuracy, simplicity, and conversational tone, the diverse travel guides in our Explorer's Great Destinations series meet the conflicting demands of the modern traveler. They're packed full of up-to-date information to help plan the perfect getaway. And they're compact and light enough to come along for the ride. A tool you'll turn to before, during, and after your trip, these guides include: Chapters on lodging, dining, transportation, history, shopping, recreation, and more! A section packed with practical information, such as lists of banks, hospitals, post offices, laundromats, numbers for police, fire, and rescue, and other relevant information. Maps of regions and locales.