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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Body / Embodiment

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Author(s): Jay Johnston
Abstract: This entry examines the use of the terms “body” and “embodiment” in religious studies. It surveys the influence on the field of developments in cultural studies, philosophy, and anthropology. ⸙The nouns “body” and “embod…


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Author(s): Kevin J. Christiano
Abstract: Religion is all about boundaries: defining and situating them on the one hand, moving and removing them on the other. The study of religion is rife with categories that beg for differentiat…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Bron Taylor | Joseph Witt
Abstract: In the social sciences “bricolage” refers to the creative process through which bits and pieces of diverse cultural systems are amalgamated into new cultural forms. The concept helps illumi…


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Abstract:   ⸙Death and Burial Bibliography