Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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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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Author(s): Irene J.F. de Jong
Abstract: Narrative plays a crucial role in religion. Most religious texts are wholly or substantially in narrative form (myt…

Nation / Nationalism

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Author(s): Anthony Smith
Abstract: The concept of the nation may be defined as a territorial human community whose members possess shared myths and historical memories, a dis…


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Author(s): Mark McNally
Abstract: While the concept of nativism emerged within the context of nineteenth-century American religious history, it has since developed into two distinct for…


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Author(s): Bron Taylor | Joseph Witt
Abstract: Conceptions of nature and its relationship to religion have varied widely. For some early scholars of religion, nature provided the base set of experiences out of which humans developed the…

New Age

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Author(s): Olav Hammer
Abstract: In contemporary Western societies, a vast range of religious or “spiritual” alternatives are on offer outside the theological mainstream. The te…
Date: 2014-09-16

New Year

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Abstract:   ⸙Calendar and New Year Bibliography