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Religions in Practice

An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion, 6th Edition

By John R. Bowen


288 pages

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Paperback: 9780205917662
pub: 2013-05-30

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Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective

Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:Studying Religion through Practice

Chapter 2:The Twin Transformations of “Religion”

Chapter 3:Domains and Boundaries of Religion

Chapter 4:Rituals of Transition

Chapter 5:Healing through Religion

Chapter 6:Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity

Chapter 7:Worship, Hierarchy, Conflict: Focus on Hinduism

Chapter 8:Imagery and Faith: Focus on Catholicism

Chapter 9:Transatlantic Religion

Chapter 10:Boundaries and Selves in Orthodox Judaism

Chapter 11:Speech and Grace in Protestantism

Chapter 12:New Religious Movements

Chapter 13: Revelation and Authority in Islam

Chapter 14:Migration and Adaptation: Focus on Muslims in Europe

Chapter 15:Virtual Religion

Chapter 16:Secularisms and Religions in Modern States

About the Author

John R. Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and recurrent Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He has been studying Islam and society in Indonesia since the late 1970s, and since 2001 has worked in France, England, and North America on problems of pluralism, law, and religion, and in particular on contemporary efforts to rethink Islamic norms and civil law. He also writes regularly for The Boston Review. His current two research projects concern sharia and civil law in England, and Islamic courts and property disputes in Indonesia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural