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): Benoît Dubreuil
Abstract: In all religions hierarchies play a role. If they are not themselves structured along hierarchical lines, they interact with organizations that are. To understand this complex interplay, I suggest distinguishing between so…

Hieros Gamos

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Author(s): Arthur Versluis
Abstract: The Greek term hieros gamos refers to “sacred marriage.” Understood in the strictest sense, the term hieros gamos means a wedding or union of two divinities. But the term has come to be used in other, broader ways as well. ⸙The Gr…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Katherine van Liere
Abstract: This entry examines the evolution of the idea of “history” and the traditions of historical writing from antiquity through the Enlightenment in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Chinese cultu…