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date: 25 January 2021

(p. vii) Acknowledgments

(p. vii) Acknowledgments

Oxford University Press is to be admired for their conviction that a book such as this is timely, useful, and possible. I thank Cynthia Read for accepting the idea and Theo Calderara for persisting with it. Alison Mudditt helped to conceive the original project. Jochin Banash helped translate one of the articles from German, and Ben Schonthal made certain that the whole volume was completed. My colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara, were helpful at several critical moments. It is also common to thank one's spouse or partner for his or her support, and I gladly acknowledge the implicit encouragement of Sucheng Chan in this project, who would politely inquire from time to time about whether it would ever be finished. This volume has indeed been a significant venture, and I would like to thank the authors for their patience and perseverance, and for sharing with me the idea that the terrain of global religion is a landscape worthy of being surveyed. This volume is dedicated to two great pioneers in the study of global religion—Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Ninian Smart—with gratitude for their insights and admiration for their vision. They have shown us the way. (p. viii)