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Defining Shinto: A Reader

Defining Shinto: A Reader

1st Edition

Mark W. MacWilliams, Okuyama Michiaki
October 16, 2019

This book provides key official documents alongside political, religious-philosophical, and historical essays, illustrating how the term "Shinto" has metamorphosed terminologically from Japan’s emergence as a modern nation state in the late 19th century to the postmodern Japan of today. "Shinto"...

Defining Islam: A Reader

Defining Islam: A Reader

1st Edition

Andrew Rippin
August 28, 2014

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...

Defining Magic: A Reader

Defining Magic: A Reader

1st Edition

Bernd-Christian Otto, Michael Stausberg
January 01, 2013

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...

Religious Experience: A Reader

Religious Experience: A Reader

1st Edition

Craig Martin, Russell T. McCutcheon
November 02, 2012

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...

Readings in the Theory of Religion: Map, Text, Body

Readings in the Theory of Religion: Map, Text, Body

1st Edition

Scott S. Elliott, Matthew Waggoner
June 18, 2010

'Readings in the Theory of Religion' brings together classic and contemporary texts to promote new ways of thinking about religion. The texts reflect the diverse methods used in the study of religion: text and textuality; ritual; the body; gender and sexuality; religion and race; religion and...

Defining Judaism: A Reader

Defining Judaism: A Reader

1st Edition

Aaron W. Hughes
February 01, 2010

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...

Myths and Mythologies: A Reader

Myths and Mythologies: A Reader

1st Edition

Jeppe Sinding Jensen
March 26, 2009

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...

Defining Buddhism(s): A Reader

Defining Buddhism(s): A Reader

1st Edition

Karen Derris, Natalie Gummer
February 07, 2008

'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...

Religion and Cognition: A Reader

Religion and Cognition: A Reader

1st Edition

D. Jason Slone
June 30, 2006

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...

Ritual and Religious Belief: A Reader

Ritual and Religious Belief: A Reader

1st Edition

Graham Harvey
November 08, 2005

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...

Defining Hinduism: A Reader

Defining Hinduism: A Reader

1st Edition

J. E. Llewellyn
August 01, 2005

'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...

Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader

Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader

1st Edition

Bryan S. Rennie
April 01, 2005

Mircea Eliade was one of the most successful and influential historians of religion. His interpretation of religious experience continues to inform the study of religious practice today. 'Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader' presents essays both by and about Eliade, covering his life and thought,...

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