Religions in Practice An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

ISBN-10: 0205795250

ISBN-13: 9780205795253

Edition: 5th 2011

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Description: This widely used textbook offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices--such as prayer, sacrifice, initiation, and healing--by investigating broad-scale issues, such as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. No other text examines the full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to full-blown "world religious movements." The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is of particular interest to students, and is easily expanded to include field projects directly related to material covered in the text. As one reviewer writes, "In our post 9/11 era, it is great to have a book whose author has done fieldwork in Indonesia and is so knowledgeable about Islam."

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Book details

List price: $48.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 4/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
Studying Religion through Practice
What Is "Religion"?
An Anthropological Approach to Religion
How is Anthropology Distinctive?
Practices, Contexts, and Diversity
The Twin Transformations of "Religion"
Axial Age Transformations
Enlightenment Transformations
Social Theory and the Anthropology of Religion
Religion as Intellectual Activity
Religions in Social Life
The Psychology of Religion
Symbols between Society and the Individual
Conclusions
For Debate
Domains and Boundaries of "Religion"
Combining Religious Practices in Japan
Practice and Belief
Shinto and Spirits
Spirits and Social Change
Buddhism and Souls
The State and Religion
Imposed Definitions of Religion
Wana Practices and Indonesian Definitions
The Case of Islam
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Rituals of Transition
Rites of Passage
The Pilgrimage to Mecca
Death Ritual and the Social Order
From Spirit to Household God in Japan
Regenerating Life from Death
Asmat Headhunting and Birth through Death
Secondary Burial
Grief and Ritual Form
Conclusions
Films to See
Healing through Religion
Christian Science
Narratives and Pain Relief
Modern Magic in Japanese New Religions
Magic and Religion
Healing Muslims���and Hindus?
What Does Science Have to Say?
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity
La Sorcellerie in Cameroon
Azande Oracles
Sorcery and Modernity
Witchcraft as Satan versus God
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Worship, Hierarchy, Conflict: Focus on Hinduism
Sacrifice, Offerings, and Deities
Bathing at Benares
Muslim Hindu Violence
Explaining Where Violence Occurred
Conclusions
Films to See
Imagery and Faith: Focus on Worldwide Catholicism
Relics and Images in Catholicism
Mary and Marys in European Societies
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Transatlantic Religion
Mary in Mesoamerica
Transnational Religion: Africa and Brazil across the Atlantic
The Black Atlantic
Black Carib Religion in Africa, Honduras, and New York City
Conclusions
Films to See
Speech and Power
Quality and Memory
The Qur'on as Recitation of God's Speech
The Creative Power of Navajo Speech and Song
Speech and Grace in Protestant Churches
The Letter and the Spirit of Scripture
Election and Signs
Singing and Certainty among U.S. Primitive Baptists
Charismatic and Pentecostal Churches
Conclusions
Films to See
Authority and Leaders
Authority Figures
Saints
Prophets
Mormons
Muslims
Muhammad as Messenger and Prophet
The Development of the Shi'i
Masters and Disciples in Sufi Orders
Conclusions
New Religious Movements
Revivalist Movements
Land, Wealth, and Religious Visions
Cults, Recruitment, and Violence
Aum Shinrikyo
Order of the Solar Temple
Why Do People Join Violent Movements?
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Migration and Adaptation: Focus on Muslims in Europe
Migration and Transnational Ties
Transnational Islam in Three Senses
Can European Societies Be Muslim?
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
Virtual Religion
What Can You Do Online?
Creole Spaces
Information, Communication, and Performance
Experience and Community
Comparative Communities
Conclusions
For Debate 1
For Debate 2
Films to See
Secularisms and Religions in Modern States
How to Think About "Secular States"
Secularism and Pluralism in the United States
Secularism and Public Religion: Three European Variants
When Religion Underlies Law
Conclusions
For Debate
Films to See
References
Index
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