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): Richard Burridge
Abstract: The word bio-graphy comes from the Greek for “life-writing,” so that the term must be considered in its Greek context and in turn through its influence in the Western tradition. The absence of …


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Author(s): Hans Kippenberg
Abstract: Blasphemy, religious insult, has its primary place in the secular legal system. The article traces its ancient origins, deals with the modern substitute “Incitement to Religious Hatred” imp…

Blessing and Curse

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Author(s): Esther Eidinow
Abstract: Many disciplines use the terms “blessing” and “curse” to describe similar concepts found across cultures that identify the perceived origins of experiences of fortune and misfortune. As dif…
Date: 2014-09-16