Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

  • Defining Islam

    A Reader

    By Andrew Rippin

    Ever since a group of people came into existence who called themselves Muslims and followed Islam, questions of what it means to be a member of this group - who is to be included/excluded and what the requirements for membership are - have proven to be both divisive and defining. For scholars and…

    Paperback – 2014-08-28
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  • Defining Magic

    A Reader

    By Bernd-Christian Otto, Michael Stausberg

    Magic has been an important term in Western history and continues to be an essential topic in the modern academic study of religion, anthropology, sociology, and cultural history. 'Defining Magic' is the first volume to assemble key texts that aim at determining the nature of magic, establish its…

    Paperback – 2013-01-01
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  • Religious Experience

    A Reader

    By Craig Martin, Russell T. McCutcheon

    Many regard religious experience as the essence of religion, arguing that narratives might be created and rituals invented but that these are always secondary to the original experience itself. However, the concept of "experience" has come under increasing fire from a range of critics and theorists…

    Paperback – 2012-11-02
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  • Defining Judaism

    A Reader

    By Aaron W. Hughes

    Judaism is a monotheistic religion with a history of over 3,500 years. 'Defining Judaism' illustrates the range of theoretical and practical issues required for comparative and historical study of the faith. The texts range from historical attempts to define individual 'Jews' to imagining Judaism…

    Paperback – 2010-02-01
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  • Myths and Mythologies

    A Reader

    By Jeppe Sinding Jensen

    In all cultures and at all times, humans have told stories about where they came from, who they are and how they should live their lives. 'Myths and Mythologies' brings together the key classic and contemporary writings - philosophical, psychological, sociological, semiological and cognitivist - on…

    Paperback – 2009-03-26
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  • Defining Buddhism(s)

    A Reader

    By Karen Derris, Natalie Gummer

    'Defining Buddhism(s)' explores the multiple ways in which Buddhism has been defined and constructed by both Buddhists and scholars. In recent decades, scholars have become increasingly aware of their own role in the construction of how Buddhism is represented - a process in which multiple…

    Paperback – 2008-02-07
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  • Religion and Cognition

    A Reader

    By D. Jason Slone

    This volume explores "cognition" in the study of religion - that is, the mental processes that govern religious belief and behavior across cultures and eras. The essays in the volume are scientific in nature and universal in scope. They address (a) the naturalistic meta-theoretical stances taken…

    Paperback – 2006-06-30
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  • Defining Hinduism

    A Reader

    Edited by J. E. Llewellyn

    Defining Hinduism is concerned not only with what Hinduism is, but also with what it has been, and with the history of the term "Hinduism". Defining Hinduism brings together essays by some of the most influential and interesting scholars working on the religions of South Asia today. The volume also…

    Paperback – 2006-01-24
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  • Ritual and Religious Belief

    A Reader

    Edited by Graham Harvey

    What is ritual's relation to belief? to performance? Does ritual have its own logic?Ritual and Religious Belief is a reader that brings together material exploring the problem of ritual from many perspectives. Selections from the sixteenth century to the present explore the idea of ritual as a type…

    Paperback – 2005-11-08
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  • Defining Hinduism

    A Reader

    By J. E. Llewellyn

    'Defining Hinduism' focuses on what Hinduism is, what it has been, and what some have argued it should be. The oldest of the world religions, Hinduism presents a complex pantheon and system of beliefs. Far from being unchanging, Hinduism has, like any faith of duration, evolved in response to…

    Paperback – 2005-08-01
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  • Ritual and Religious Belief

    A Reader

    By Graham Harvey

    The study of ritual and how it relates to beliefs and ideas is of central importance in our understanding of the world. Rituals can become divorced from beliefs and religious believers regarded as simply "going through the motions". 'Ritual and Religious Belief: A Reader' presents the full range of…

    Paperback – 2005-06-01
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  • Syncretism in Religion

    A Reader

    Edited by Anita Maria Leopold, Jeppe Sinding Jensen

    Long a fascinating but problematic category of religious studies, "syncretism" is an elastic term that describes a wide range of practices characterized by the mixing or overlap of traditions. Syncretism in Religion offers the student a broad selection of essays, both classical contributions to the…

    Paperback – 2004-12-27
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  • Syncretism in Religion

    A Reader

    By Anita Maria Leopold, Jeppe Sinding Jensen

    Syncretism - the fusion of different beliefs into one religious system - has long been controversial in scholarship. It is widely held that religion, culture and ethnicity are pure entities that may become mixed in encounter and lead to impure, hybrid forms. 'Syncretism in Religion' presents a…

    Paperback – 2004-10-01
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