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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(2,280 words)

Author(s): Jörn Thielmann
Abstract: Migration (from Latin migrare, “to go”) means the movement of individuals or groups from one place, region, or country to another, with the intention of staying for either a longer or shorter pe…

Millenarianism / Millennialism

(6,683 words)

Author(s): Richard Landes
Abstract: The complex of beliefs that historians variously refer to as millenarianism, millennialism, chiliasm, or tausendjähriges Reich holds that this broken, fallen, imperfect, even evil-ridden world will be trans…


(2,288 words)

Author(s): Matthew Potolsky
Abstract: The word “mimesis” describes modes of representation that seek accurately to depict details of the external world, but it also refers to emulation and other social or rhetorical forms of im…
Date: 2014-09-16

Minority (Religious)

(3,414 words)

Author(s): Eric Michael Mazur
Abstract: This entry locates the notion of a religious minority in relation to modern notions of citizenship; briefly examines factors such as geography, demographics, and theology in the constructio…

Miracle and Wonder

(2,381 words)

Author(s): Philip Soergel
Abstract: In modern Western usage, a miracle is a divinely-caused event that occurs outside nature’s normal patterns. A wonder, by contrast, may or may not have natural causes but its effects awe its…


(2,964 words)

Author(s): Martha Frederiks
Abstract: Mission (sending) is the term for the effort to convert non-Christians to Christianity. The word is used more broadly to refer to the organized effort by any religion to win converts. Not a…
Date: 2014-09-16