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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Modernization / Modernity

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Author(s): Kristina Stoeckl
Abstract: This entry looks at the relation between religion and modernization/modernity from the perspectives of religion and modernization, religion and modernity, and the modernization of religion.…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Peter Seele
Abstract: Next to the remarkable rhetorical exaggeration of money as religion or deity or the affirmative “in god we trust” of the US dollar bill, it is the term’s etymology that already indicates th…


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Author(s): Gary Rosenkrantz | Joshua Hoffman
Abstract: In metaphysics, monism is the view that there is only one entity or instance of a certain ontological kind, or only one species of entity falling under a certain ontological category. In this article, a number of mo…


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Author(s): James F. McGrath
Abstract: The term monotheism, coined in the seventeenth century, traditionally denotes belief in one God who is considered supreme, and is alone worthy of worship. The applicability of the term to t…


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Author(s): Adrian Kear | Marios Chatziprokopiou
Abstract: In order to offer an historicized understanding of mourning as performance, this entry begins by considering the representation of ritual lamentation ( thrênos) in ancient Greece. The entry situates this practice …


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Author(s): Jens Kreinath
Abstract: Museality is a concept derived from the term “museal” and is used to analyze relationships and processes involved in the transformation of religious artifacts into museal objects. These obj…


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Author(s): Isabel Laack
Abstract: Music plays a significant role in many people’s religious practices. Yet research on music in the study of religions has been limited. This article argues for an understanding of “music” th…