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  • Introduction to Islam (in Spanish).
  • "This site contains hundreds of full-length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts in the canon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy."
  • Extensive collection of Islamic resources. Includes three translations of the Qur'an. Also contains an extensive glossary of Islamic terms and concepts.
  • The site begins with scholars of Islam speaking out against terrorism, but the primary focus is a collection of annotated sites related to the Qur'an, Sufism, Sunni, Islam in the modern world, women's rights, art, architecture, music, and others.
  • Official website of the Jehovah's Witnesses, presented by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
  • Site for "one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church," includes history vocation, conference, and education information information about the social ministry of the Jesuits and a list of other resources.
  • "This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations."
  • "Learn about the Jewish holidays and explore the customs and traditions of Reform Jews throughout North America." From the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC).
  • A searchable, browsable portal to resources related to Judaisim
  • The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise's Jewish Virtual Library provides a source for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism.
  • "The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship of a cutting-edge nature that deals broadly with the phenomenon of religion and cultural theory."
  • "The Journal of Buddhist Ethics has been established to promote the study of Buddhist ethics through thepublication of research articles, discussions and critical notes, bulletins, and reviews."Founded in 1994.
  • This site provides "an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs."
  • Extensive links to Web-based resources.
  • Site emphasizing the early history of Methodism in Kansas.
  • "This is an electronic version of The Holy Qur'an, translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., in 1983."
  • Provides an in-depth look at various aspects of Hinduism. Site mounted to accompany an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, running through February 24, 2002.
  • Official website of the Mennonite Church USA.
  • Mennonite Life is an illustrated, on-line quarterly, published by Bethel College devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience.
  • Online version of "an inter-Mennonite newspaper published weekly since 1923."
  • A broad collection of web articles devoted to all aspects of religion, myth, occultism, and spirituality.
  • Official home page of the Methodist Church of Great Britain.
  • Columbia University Libraries guide to online resources.
  • Online resources for the study of Christian women's religious communities in medieval Europe.
  • Links to the web pages of various religious bodies, from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary.
  • Tabular information arranged by religion or region.
  • The official website of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
  • "Project Canterbury is a free online archive of out-of-print Anglican texts and related modern documents."
  • Full text of works by and about MArtin Luther and other Lutherans.
  • Provides links to texts and documents.
  • "The Quaker Archives database is a combined name index to many of the older documents in Leeds University Library's Carlton Hill archive, the nature of which is described in the guide to the Quaker Archives accessible below. The database contains nearly 40,000 records, most of them indexing the names of those individual Quakers who are recorded in minute books of West and North Yorkshire Meetings of the Society of Friends, dating from the late 17th to the early 20th century.
  • Primary source writings from and concerning the Protestant Reformation. Includes some writings of Martin Luther, John Calvin, C. S. Lewis, etc.
  • An overview of history, belief, and customs. From the BBC.
  • Part of the Victorian Web, this site provides an overview of religion in nineteenth-century Britain.
  • From the Deaprtment of Religious Studies at the Univcersity of Virginia.
  • 2500+ full-text articles and chapters in a variety of subject areas such as Ethics, Comparative Religion, Worship, Religion Education, and the History and Sociology of Religions. Searchable, or browse the author, book, and other indexes from the site map.
  • University of Virginia website includes profiles on more than two hundred religious groups. "These Profile pages provide links to significant websites on each group, selected because they offer content that will better help the reader understand specific issues or traditions. In addition, each Profile page presents a print bibliography for those who wish to explore a particular group in depth."
  • "ReligiousResources.org is a directory of Internet resources for all major religions, listing 4817 resources, organized into 328 categories."
  • Provides extensive information on many aspects of the Society of Friends.
  • Collection of links to online resources.
  • Provides links to academic web resources, from the University of Pennsylvania Library.
  • Current controversial religious issues given balnced coverage.
  • Presents serious, scholarly studies of early Christian writings and their social world.
  • "Links, lesson plans, clip art, coloring pages,crossword puzzles, newsletterfor Catholic catechists,teachers, DREs, parents and all involvedin the education of the faith."
  • Links to general and specialized Buddhist resources, including material on Zen, Chinese Buddhism, Yogacara Buddhism, and various Buddhist sutras.
  • "The Revealer is a daily review of religion in the news and the news about religion."
  • "Mobilizing students for a new Enlightenment."
  • "The Secular Coalition for America is a new lobbying organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States."
  • An educational nonprofit organization whose "adopted mission is to defend andpromote metaphysical naturalism, the view that our natural world is all that there is, a closed system in no need of an explanation and sufficient unto itself. To that end we publish the very best secular books, essays, papers,articles and reviews."
  • A select annotated bibliography from the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
  • Introduction to Sikhism and Sikh history, culture, and philosophy.
  • A society which specializes in the critical study of the Bible and cognate literatures.
  • "A Synoptic Gospels Primer is an electronic gateway for English speakers into the history of literary analysis of gospels that were originally composed in Greek."
  • "The website was created in early 1996 and has grown continuously ever since. It provides information about biblical and liturgical texts of the Syrian Orthodox Church, commentaries, works of the Syriac fathers, biographies of the fathers, musical traditions of the church, history of the church, churches and monasteries of antiquity, the hierarchical orders and organization of the church, etc. The website also publishes lectionaries, liturgical calendars, bibliographies and other aids for Syrian Orthodox Christians to enrich their spiritual lives.
  • Collection of relevant links.
  • A Catholic directory of Web resources from the Department of Theology at Spring hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
  • "Theology Today, a quarterly ecumenical journal of theology, publishes articles on a wide range of classical and contemporary theological issues by many of thefinest theologians working today. Theology Today is published by PrincetonTheological Seminary in Princeton, NJ."
  • "This site catalogs thoughts of world-renowned intellectuals regarding Hinduism, recommends books for further reading, and provides useful links for further research."
  • Home page of the Unitarian Universalist Association contains information on current issues, education, congregations, publications, and an overview of Unitarian Universalist beliefs.
  • Includes over 300 biographies.
  • An annotated bibliography of resources from the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.
  • The Official home page of the United Methodist Church.
  • Official website provides an outline of beliefs and aims.
  • Official home page of the United Church of Christ.
  • Official website of the United Pentecostal Church International.
  • "This Virtual Religion Index is a tool for students with little time. It analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research."
  • "A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, websites, bibliographies, listserv discussion groups, liturgies, reference works, software, etc."
  • "This Research Guide for Christianity provides pointers to the print and microform collections, online databases, internet resources, and other resources for conducting research in Christian studies at Yale University."
  • (Coe Collection of Western Americana)
  • Collection of links to relevant resources.
  • BBC World Service guide provides basic information about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

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