Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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

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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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Author(s): Rudolf Makkreel
Abstract: The German term Geisteswissenschaft is generally translated as “human science” in English. The Geisteswissenschaften received their classical formulation in Wilhelm Dilthey’s Introduction to the Human Sciences. Dilth…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Katherine Young
Abstract: There is contention over the meanings of the terms “sex” and “gender.” To understand why, this entry analyzes their etymologies, their biological and cultural components, contemporary usage…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): William Doty
Abstract: Subdivisions in literature between types or forms of writing are genres, and within those, subgenres. Generally association with the social situations in which they are generated (whether o…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Christoph Wulf
Abstract: Gestures play an important role in religion and faith. They are significant movements of the body that, directed at those addressed, express and present a shared intentionality. They are br…