Critical Terms for Religious Studies

ISBN-10: 0226791572
ISBN-13: 9780226791579
Edition: 1998
Authors: Mark C. Taylor
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 430
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

A century that began with modernism sweeping across Europe is ending with a remarkable resurgence of religious beliefs and practices throughout the world. Wherever one looks today, from headlines about political turmoil in the Middle East to pop music and videos, one cannot escape the pivotal role of religious beliefs and practices in shaping selves, societies, and cultures. Following in the very successful tradition of Critical Terms for Literary Studies and Critical Terms for Art History, this book attempts to provide a revitalized, self-aware vocabulary with which this bewildering religious diversity can be accurately described and responsibly discussed. Leading scholars working in a variety of traditions demonstrate through their incisive discussions that even our most basic terms for understanding religion are not neutral but carry specific historical and conceptual freight. These essays adopt the approach that has won this book's predecessors such widespread acclaim: each provides a concise history of a critical term, explores the issues raised by the term, and puts the term to use in an analysis of a religious work, practice, or event. Moving across Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Native American and Mayan religions, contributors explore terms ranging from experience, territory, and image, to God, sacrifice, and transgression. The result is an essential reference that will reshape the field of religious studies and transform the way in which religion is understood by scholars from all disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, gender studies, and literary studies.

Introduction
Belief
Conflict
Culture
Experience
Gender
God
Image
Liberation
Modernity
Performance
Rationality
Relic
Religion, Religions, Religious
Sacrifice
Territory
Time
Transformation
Transgression
Value
Writing
Contributors
Index

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