Religions in Practice

ISBN-10: 0205917666
ISBN-13: 9780205917662
Edition: 6th 2013 (Revised)
Authors: John R. Bowen
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List price: $57.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

An anthropological examination of religious practices. Religions in Practice 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. This text is available in a variety of formats – digital and print. Check your favorite digital provider for your eText, including CourseSmart, Kindle, Nook, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Understand the roles religions play in public life in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa’s modern societies. Discuss competing theories of religion and their applications. Understand the key ideas and practices of large-scale ‘world religions’ as well as smaller-scale ones. Discuss why we should approach religions in terms of their many and diverse practices. NOTE: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab: ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205961045 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205961047

In this Section:
Brief Table of Contents
Full Table of Contents
Brief Table Of Contents:
Studying Religion through Practice
The Twin Transformations of "Religion"
Domains and Boundaries of Religion
Rituals of Transition
Healing through Religion
Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity
Worship, Hierarchy, Conflict: Focus on Hinduism
Imagery and Faith: Focus on Catholicism
Transatlantic Religion
Boundaries and Selves in Orthodox Judaism
Speech and Grace in Protestantism
New Religious Movements
Revelation and Authority in Islam
Migration and Adaptation: Focus on Muslims in Europe
Virtual Religion
Secularisms and Religions in Modern States
Full Table Of Contents:
Studying Religion through Practice
What Is "Religion"?
An Anthropological Approach to Religion
Practices, Contexts, Diversity
The Twin Transformations of "Religion"
Axial Age Transformations
Enlightenment Transformations
Social Theory and the Anthropology of Religion
Domains and Boundaries of Religion
Combining Religious Practices in Japan
The State and Religion
Imposed Definitions of Religion
Rituals of Transition
Rites of Passage
The Pilgrimage to Mecca
Death Rituals and Society
Regenerating Life from Death
Grief and Ritual Form
Healing through Religion
Narratives and Healing
Modern Magic in Japanese New Religions
What does Science say about Prayer?
Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Modernity
African Sorcery and Witchcraft
Sorcery and Modernity
Puritan Witchcraft
Worship, Hierarchy, Conflict: Focus on Hinduism
Sacrifice, Offerings, and Deities
Bathing at Benares
Muslim-Hindu Violence
Imagery and Faith: Focus on Catholicism
Relics and Images
Mary in European Societies
Transatlantic Religion
Mary in Mesoamerica
Africa and Brazil across the Atlantic
Black Carib Religion in Honduras and New York City
Boundaries and Selves in Orthodox Judaism
Taboos and Community in Judaism
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Communities
Growing Up Orthodox
Speech and Grace in Protestantism
The Letter and the Spirit of Scripture
Singing and Certainty among U.S. Primitive Baptists
Charismatic and Pentecostal Churches
Encounters and Conversions
New Religious Movements
Revitalization Movements
Land, Wealth, and Religious Visions
Cults, Recruitment, and Violence
Why Do People Join Violent Movements?
Revelation and Authority in Islam
The Qur'�n as Recitation of God's Speech
Authority
Interpretations of Sacrifice
Migration and Adaptation: Focus on Muslims in Europe
Migration and Transnational Ties
Adapting Sacrifice to France
Can European Societies Be Muslim?
Virtual Religion
What Can You Do Online?
Information, Communication, and Performance
Experience and Community
Comparative Communities
Secularisms and Religions in Modern States
How to Think about "Secular States"
Religion and Public Life in the United States
Three European Variants
When Religion Underlies Law

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