4 Overview Distribution of Religion Christianity Islam Buddhism Hinduism Religious Conflict
5 Distribution of Religions
6 Religion & Culture Everyone has values and morals Religion means worship, faith in the sacred or divine Mentifacts Individuals beliefs Sociofacts Relationships based on those beliefs
7 Religion & Geography Spatial distribution of religions Diffusion of religious beliefs and practices Impact on the landscape Territorial conflicts over religion
8 The Geography of Religion World religions by continent. 60% of world population universalizing region; 25% - ethnic religion; 15% - no religion.
9 Distribution of Religions Universalizing religions Christianity, Islam, Buddhism Ethnic religions More than a statement of faith Judaism, Hinduism, Shinto Tribal or traditional religions Animism, shamanism
10 World Population by Religion Over two-thirds of the world s population belong to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism. Christianity is the single largest world religion.
11 Distribution of Religions
12 Diffusion of Universalizing Religions Each of the three main universalizing religions diffused widely from its hearth
14 Distribution of Christianity Largest religion (2 billion) Three major branches Roman Catholic 50% Protestant 25% Eastern Orthodox 10% Others: Pentecostal, Mormon, Armenian, Coptic, Maronites
15 Distribution of Christianity
16 Diffusion of Christianity Christianity diffused from Palestine through the Roman Empire and continued diffusing through Europe after the fall of Rome. It was later replaced by Islam in much of the Mideast and North Africa.
17 Diffusion of Christianity Began in Jerusalem Official religion of Rome by 313 Split Roman Empire and Christian church Roman Catholicism in West Eastern Orthodox in East Protestant Reformation second split Catholicism in South Protestantism in North
18 Christian Branches in Europe Protestant denominations, Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodoxy are dominant in different regions of Europe a result of many historic interactions.
19 Diffusion of Christianity in the U.S. Distribution of Christians in the U.S. Shaded areas are counties with more than 50% of church membership concentrated in Roman Catholicism or one of the Protestant denominations. The pattern reflects migration from Europe in the 19th century and from Latin America.
20 Christianity and the Landscape Church as center of settlement Collective worship important Architecture, layout symbolic Cemeteries as land use Hierarchy of spatial organization
22 Christianity and Territory: Ireland English colony Independence in counties voted to stay North discriminated against Catholics IRA: terrorism for unity : 3000 dead
24 Distribution of Islam Fastest growing religion (1.2 billion) Two major branches Sunni 85% Shiite 15% North Africa, SW Asia, Indonesia
25 Diffusion of Islam
26 Diffusion of Islam Began in Mecca and Medina in 622 Spread rapidly to east and west Conquered North Africa, Spain, SE Europe within 200 years Traders spread to SE Asia, Africa
27 Diffusion of Islam
28 Diffusion of Islam Split over succession Shiites insist on hereditary leaders Sunnis do not Iran, Bahrain, southern Iraq: Shiite Iraq civil war?
29 Diffusion of Islam
30 Distribution of Islam
31 Five pillars of Islam There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet Pray 5 times daily, facing Mecca Give to charity Fast daily during Ramadan Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once (hajj)
32 Other practices of Islam Qur an or Koran: sacred text Revealed to Muhammad Should be read in Arabic Hadith: sayings and actions of Muhammad Chain of reporters Open to interpretation (e.g., veiling)
33 Other beliefs of Islam Tolerance of People of the Book Jews, Christians Descendants of Ishmael More egalitarian than Christianity No intermediaries Worshippers are equals
35 Islam and the Landscape Sacred cities: Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem Muhammad s birthplace, Ka ba Muhammad s first conquest Muhammad s ascent to Heaven Mosques for community gathering, worship Mihrab points to Mecca Minaret: tower for call to prayer
36 Mecca, Islam s Holiest City Makkah (Mecca) is the holiest city in Islam and is the site of pilgrimage for millions of Muslims each year There are numerous holy sites in the city
42 Islam and Territory: Spain Reached France and Vienna; driven back Ruled much of Spain for 300 years Driven out by 1492 Forced conversion sent Muslims, Jews east
45 Religion and Fundamentalism Ultraconservative beliefs Reaction to modernism Want to institutionalize their values Them against the world
47 Buddhism 300 million + adherents primarily in China and S.E. Asia Originated near modern Nepal around 530 BC by prince Siddhartha Guatama
48 Buddhism Spread originally in India and Sri Lanka by Magadhan Empire (250 BC) Indian traders brought it to China in 1 st century AD By 6 th century it had lost its hold on India, but was now in Korea and Japan
49 Diffusion of Buddhism Buddhism diffused gradually from its origin in northeastern India to Sri Lanka, southeast Asia, and eventually China and Japan.
50 Buddhism Four Noble Truths: All living beings must endure suffering. Suffering, which is caused by desires (for life), leads to reincarnation
51 Buddhism Four Noble Truths: The goal of existence is an escape from suffering and the endless cycle of reincarnation by means of Nirvana Nirvana is achieved by the Eightfold Path, which includes rightness of understanding, mindfulness, speech, action, livelihood, effort, thought, and concentration
52 Buddhism Karma - your past bad or good actions determine your progress toward Nirvana through reincarnation You are your own God Theravada - the older, more severe form which requires the renouncing of all worldly goods and desires Mahayana - focuses on Buddha s teachings and compassion
54 Holy Sites in Buddhism Most holy sites in Buddhism are locations of important events in Buddha s life and are clustered in northeastern India and southern Nepal
55 Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan Since Japanese can be both Shinto and Buddhist, there are many areas in Japan where over two-thirds of the population are both Shinto and Buddhist
56 Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan Since Japanese can be both Shinto and Buddhist, there are many areas in Japan where over two-thirds of the population are both Shinto and Buddhist.
58 Hinduism 900 million + adherents primarily in India Hinduism is an ancient term for the complex and diverse set of religious beliefs practiced around the Indus River Reincarnation - endless cycles Karma and Yoga. Coastlines and river banks most sacred sites Vishnu and Shiva most common of hundreds of deities
59 Hinduism Hierarchy of Hindu holy places: Some sites are holy to Hindus throughout India; others have a regional or sectarian importance, or are important only locally
61 Hinduism Syncretism - the mixing of two or more religions that creates unique rituals, artwork, and beliefs Examples include syncretism of Christianity and indigenous beliefs in the Americas, Africa, and Asia Caribbean Voodoo (Haiti, Louisiana) Christianity in Indigenous Latin American
62 Religious Conflict
63 Secularization Secularization - a process that is leading to increasingly large groups of people who claim no allegiance to any church Some of these people are atheists Others simply do not practice Still others call themselves spiritual, but not religious Common in Europe and the cities of the U.S. Common in former Soviet Union and China
64 Fundamentalism Fundamentalism - a process that is leading to increasingly large groups of people who claim there is only one way to interpret worship Fundamentalists generally envision a return to a more perfect religion and ethics they imagine existed in the past Common in the U.S. and in some Islamic nations
65 Religious Conflicts Religion vs. government policies Religion vs. social change Religion vs. Communism Religion vs. religion Religious wars in the Middle East Religious wars in Ireland
66 Religious Conflicts The Big Question: Can secular society exist alongside traditional and fundamentalist religious sects and states? We are quick to notice fundamentalism abroad (i.e. Salman Rushdie s death sentence by Shia clerics) and not so quick to recognize it at home (abortion clinic bombings; Southern Baptist Convention s calls for women to submit to their husbands authority)
67 Religious Conflicts American evangelical Christianity and Islamic fundamentalism are the two most influential fundamentalist movements in the world Fewer and fewer states are governed by an official church
68 Jerusalem The Old City of Jerusalem contains holy sites for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
69 Boundary Changes in Palestine/Israel The UN partition plan for Palestine in 1947 contrasted with the boundaries that were established after the War Major changes later resulted from the 1967 War
70 Boundary Changes in Palestine/Israel The UN partition plan for Palestine in 1947 contrasted with the boundaries that were established after the War. Major changes later resulted from the 1967 War.
71 The West Bank: Political and Physical Geography Political control of the West Bank has been split between Palestinians and Israelis (though under overall Israeli control) The West Bank includes many of the higher altitude areas of the region
72 The West Bank: Political and Physical Geography Political control of the West Bank has been split between Palestinians and Israelis (though under overall Israeli control). The West Bank includes many of the higher altitude areas of the region.
73 Israels Security Zone in Lebanon Israel established a security zone in southern Lebanon in 1982 When Israel withdrew in 2000, the UN helped draw the boundary between the countries
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