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World Religions: Home

A research guide for the major world religions

About this Guide

This guide is designed to help you start your research in World Religions.  This is not an all-encompassing guide, but rather a list of resources that can introduce you to the scholarly conversation about religious distinctions.  See also: Diversity & Inclusion Resource Guide: Religion page and/or Underrepresented Voices in Christianity.

Religious Leaders

In the world's major religions and philosophies there exist some well-known leaders.  Here are a few of them for consideration:


the Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)




Muhammad (Muhammad ibn Abdullāh) 


Moses - prophet


Pope Francis

Christianity (also Protestantism)

Jesus of Nazareth

Martin Luther


Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)

New Religious Movements:

Mormonism (LDS):

Joseph Smith, Jr. 

Brigham Young

Unification Movement:

Sun Myung Moon


L. Ron Hubbard

World Religions Ebooks

Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices
Oxford Dictionary plus Religion
National Geographic Concise History of World Religions: An Illustrated Time Line 2013
The worlds religions in figures an introduction to international religious demography
Understanding the religions of the world: an introduction
A Critical Study of Classical Religious Texts in Global Contexts

World Religions Misconceptions Video

World Religions Websites

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Comparative Religions Ebooks

Comparing religions : coming to terms
Comparative historical and interpretative study of religions
Religions view religions explorations in pursuit of understanding
A Magic Still Dwells : Comparative Religion in the Postmodern Age
The Persistence of Religion : Comparative Perspectives on Modern Spirituality
How to Do Comparative Religion?
Hindu God, Christian God : How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries Between Religions
Circling the Elephant : A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity