Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Subject: Religious Studies

Edited by: Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad.

The Vocabulary for the Study of Religion offers a unique overview of critical terms in the study of religion(s). This first dictionary in English covers a broad spectrum of theoretical topics used in the academic study of religion, including those from adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, historiography, theology, philology, literary studies, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and political sciences.

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Calendar and New Year

(1,160 words)

Author(s): Leofranc Holford-Strevens
Abstract: This entry s…
Date: 2014-09-16

Canon / Canonization

(2,988 words)

Author(s): Armin Lange
Abstract: The Christian origin of the term “canon” has led to misconceptions of non-Christian canonical histories. To avoid these misconceptions a nuanced terminology is needed to provde an unbiased …

Capital, Forms of

(3,618 words)

Author(s): Anne Koch
Abstract: Forms of capital are an important immaterial reservoir of means of social self-positioning and instruments for attaining goals. Financial, cultural, and social kinds …


(2,165 words)

Author(s): Warren Goldstein
Abstract: This entry attempts to gain an…

Cargo Cult

(1,236 words)

Author(s): Garry Trompf
Abstract: The phrase “cargo cult…
Date: 2014-09-16


(1,400 words)

Author(s): Dana Munteanu
Abstract: The entry surveys the general meanings of “catharsis” in ancient Greek culture, in which the term occurs primarily in medical and cultic context…


(3,285 words)

Author(s): Jan Faye
Date: 2014-09-16