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): John Morton
Abstract: Taboo refers to socio-religious prohibitions which connote both purity and danger. While James Frazer treated taboo as a form of magical thinking, Émile Durkheim and Sigmund Freud stressed …


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Author(s): Mariska Leunissen
Abstract: This entry discusses the historical and contemporary uses of teleology in philosophy, theology, science, and history, with a focus on three of the most pervasive uses of teleology: providen…


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Abstract:   ⸙Sanctuary / Shrine / Temple Bibliography 

Texts / Textuality

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Author(s): Wesley A. Kort
Abstract: Three questions concerning the status and role of texts and textuality in the study of religion are addressed. The first concerns the importance of texts and textuality relative to other as…