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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Religious Studies

Guide to library resources for the study of religion.

Encyclopedias

What are Companion and Handbooks?

A companion book provides elaboration on another book or general topic. They cover themes and concepts within a specific subject. 

Companion Books and Guides

Oxford Very Short Introductions

Very short books giving an overview of religions, their developments and important issues. Useful for general overviews on the topic 

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

And many more...