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Solomon Alexander NIGOSIAN
( 1932 - 2020 )


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Naissance en 1920 à Alexandrie (Égypte), décès le 24 avril 2020 à Toronto (Canada)

Solomon Alexander Nigosian (Nigoghossian) was born in 1932, in Alexandria, Egypt, to Abraham and Alice (nee Kutchukian). He married Henaz Madzounian in 1952, and together they immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1955. They moved to Toronto in 1956, where he currently resides. The Nigosians have two children, Leo (Levon) and Diana, both born in Toronto.

In 1949, Solomon Nigosian received a certificate from the Oxford and Cambridge school in Victoria College in Alexandria, Egypt. He received a B.A. from University of Toronto (1968), a M.A. from McMaster University (1970) after completing his thesis entitled “Indo-Aryan Religions in Achaemenid Persia”. He also received his Ph.D. degree in 1975 from McMaster University, submitting a thesis entitled “The Song of Moses (Deut. 32:1–43)”. In addition, he holds two certificates related to mechanical draughtsmanship and graphic arts, as well as a Sunday School Teacher’s Certificate.

Before immigrating to Canada, Solomon Nigosian worked in various clerk and draughtsman positions in Alexandria. After moving to Canada, he worked for a number of printing companies in Montreal and Toronto. In 1972 he accepted an assistant professorship at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Toronto, where he taught courses in his fields of expertise of world religions, Near Eastern religions, and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He was also a visiting lecturer at a number of Canadian universities, such as York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a Research Associate at Victoria College, University of Toronto. In addition, he teaches Continuing Education courses at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

Solomon Nigosian was the founder and the first minister of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto (1960–1968). He was ordained to Christian Ministry by the Armenian Evangelical Union Inc. in 1963, and attended Toronto Bible College (1963–64). He was a founder of the Canada–Armenian Press journal, for which he served as an editor from 1963 to 1968, and has written a number of articles for several Armenian religious publications. He was also actively involved in the Armenian Evangelical union (1964–1971).

Solomon Nigosian is a recipient of a number of awards, among them the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. He is also a member of a number of professional organizations, such as the International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR) and Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR). He has written over a hundred articles and books, and given lectures on the history of religions and Armenian culture and history. His most recent publications include Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices (2004), World Religions: A Historical Approach (2000), and “Images of Moses: a comparative inquiry” (Theological Review, 2002).

Solomon Nigosian has travelled extensively for research purposes, visiting the Middle East, India, China, Japan, former USSR, and England. He is competent in several languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, New Testament Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and French.

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 World Faiths
Titre : World Faiths / auteur(s) : Solomon Alexander NIGOSIAN -
Editeur : St Martin Press
Année : 1990
Imprimeur/Fabricant : 
Description : 14 x 21,5 cm, 512 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs
Collection :
Notes : Includes bibliographical references
Autres auteurs :
Sujets : Religions
ISBN : 0312040199
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :

"World Faiths" is a general introduction to the study of world religions. As such, it is deliberately limited and selective in concept. It presents a modern and concise picture of the more important living religions, with special emphasis on their historical context. And in doing so, World Faiths provides essential information of the sort that few beginners have either the time or ability to piece together out of the enormous mass of published material on each religious tradition. The book is not, however, a definitive treatise nor a comprehensive study of all the religions of the world. It omits massive infusions of encyclopedic data and avoids esoteric points of doctrine. World Faiths is a balanced presentation, covering the historical, ideological, and cultural aspects of several religions.
A quick glance at the table of contents will confirm what most new students expect to see included in such an introductory volume. The first chapter describes learning strategies appropriate to the study of religion. Two important themes are presented in outline: first, the word religion and the problems that are encountered in attempting to define it; and second, the pros and cons of the various approaches for an objective study of world religions. This chapter is followed by a survey of the roots of Western religions, including the influence exerted by the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations on Western religious traditions. The main chapters of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, African religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Shinto, Amerindian traditions, and alternative religions in the West follow next. This order reflects the viewpoint of readers who are products of Western rather than Eastern cultures and traditions; it moves from the more familiar to the less familiar areas of religious tradition.
Each chapter deals with the traditional viewpoint as well as the latest scholarly opinion on the subject under discussion. The discussion includes all or part of the following: a background history and historical development, important characteristics, life and teachings of a founder (if any), scriptures, teachings, mythologies, role of women, sectarian groups, practices, rituals, and observances. For reasons of convenience, several religions are grouped together in a single chapter. A glossary and bibliography are provided as aids for further study, and numerous photographs evoke the richness of humanity's religious experiences and practices.
I would like to thank the reviewers of the book: Virginia Black, Pace University; Nancy Falk, Western Michigan University; George Kim, Manchester Community College; Harry Partin, Duke University; Franklin Proano, Ohio State University; Lynda Sexson, Montana State University; William Shealy, Virginia Wesleyan College; Donald Smith, Lakeland Community College; Maurine Stein, Prairie State College; Victor Wan-Tatah, Youngstown State University; and Kenneth Zysk, Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti. I want to offer my thanks to all those who helped in the preparation of this book: to the members of the University of Toronto Advisory Committee on Educational Development for providing a grant; to Grant Bracewell and Lynda Hayes for their gracious help in obtaining and loaning some hard-to-find books; to Steve Jaunzems for his careful work in preparing the photographs; to Patrick Trant for his ability to make "the rough places plain"; and to Deborah van Eeken, a faithful friend and superb typist. My wife and family, who lived with the preparation of the manuscript for several years, need to be told publicly, even though they already know it, that I am grateful to them.

S. A. Nigosian

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