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Religion: The Basics

2nd Edition

By Malory Nye


232 pages

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From the local to the global level, religion is – more than ever – an important and hotly debated part of modern life in the twenty-first century.

From silver rings to ringtones and from clubs to headscarves, we often find the cultural role and discussion of religion in unexpected ways.

Now in its second edition, Religion: The Basics remains the best introduction to religion and contemporary culture available. The new edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes new discussions of:

  • the study of religion and culture in the twenty-first century
  • texts, films and rituals
  • cognitive approaches to religion
  • globalization and multiculturalism
  • spirituality in the West
  • popular religion.

With new case studies, linking cultural theory to real world religious experience and practice, and guides to further reading, Religion: The Basics is an essential buy for students wanting to get to grips with this hotly debated topic.

Table of Contents

How Power Operates in Religion. Gender Issues. The Role of Belief, Rituals, and Religious Texts. Religion in the Contemporary World. Is Religion the Same as Culture? How Does it Fit in With Modern Life? The Rise of Paganism

About the Author

Malory Nye is Acting Principal and Professor of Multiculturalism at the Al-Maktoum Institute, Scotland. He has written a number of books on religion and multiculturalism, and is the founding editor of the journal Culture and Religion.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General