Milestone Documents of World Religions

Milestone Documents
of World Religions:

Exploring Traditions of Faith
through Primary Sources

Editor in Chief: David M. Fahey, Miami University (Ohio)

List price: $325
Publication date: December 2010
First edition * 3 volumes * 1,461 pages * 8.5 x 11

Our award-winning Milestone Documents series continues with World Religions, featuring our groundbreaking approach combining primary source documents with in-depth expert analysis. Plus free online access to the full content. 


  • Three volumes, including 1,461 pages
  • 94 documents, each with full expert analysis
  • Appendixes, indexes and resource listings


  • Fully supported
  • Complimentary online access
  • Unlimited users at your library
  • Full access from home or dorm room
  • Immediate access via online registration
  • A simple, intuitive interface
  • User profile areas for students and patrons
  • Sophisticated search functions
  • Complete content, including appendixes
  • Fully illustrated

The fifth publication in our award-winning, critically acclaimed Milestone Documents series explores the fundamental primary sources of the world's religious traditions. The three-volume set covers nearly 100 iconic primary documents from ancient times to the present and from all geographic regions. Each entry offers the full text of the document in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the document in its historical context.

With content aligned to the National Standards in World History and signed essays written by a team of 85 esteemed scholars, Milestone Documents of World Religions offers an unparalleled reference tool for students conducting primary source research. It's particularly useful for high school students in both regular and A.P. history courses as well as religion courses, and community college students and undergraduate college students in both world history and religion courses. Every entry includes study questions that assist teachers in engaging students with further research.

Scope & Coverage

The set covers all of the world's major religions, from Christianity and Islam to Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as other religious traditions including: Confucianism, Sikhism, Jainism, Neopaganism, Celtic, Bahá'í , Mysticism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, Hermetica, Witchcraft, Rastafari, Shinto, Daoism, Humanism, and Atheism, plus ancient traditions from Egypt and the Near East to Greece and Africa. Among the documents included in the set are key writings from sacred texts such as the Bible, Koran, Talmud, and Rig Veda; letters and essays including Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Government: Governance of the Jurist, and the Shinto text Nihongi; and other religious writings such as the Lotus Sutra, Analects of Confucius, Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus, Pittsburgh Platform of Reform Judaism, Rudolf Steiner’s Theosophy, and the Yoruba prayer for balance. The set provides an invaluable collection of primary documents, all of which are paired with extensive original commentary to help students understand the documents and place them in their historic and religious context.

Other features include a general subject index, an index by religious tradition, and hundreds of photographs and other images. The editor in chief for the set is Dr. David M. Fahey, professor emeritus at Miami University of Ohio. Dr. Fahey has taught and written widely about world religious history as well as 19th and early 20th century temperance and fraternal societies in Britain and America.

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Available from Salem Press--in print and online

Milestone Documents of World Religions will be available in print exclusively through Salem Press and online through Salem History.