Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Edited by: Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad.

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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Mystery

(2,433 words)

Author(s): Hugh Bowden
Abstract: The Greek word mysteria was originally used to refer to rituals associated with initiation, or ecstatic worship, about which participants were forbidden to speak. It subsequently came to mean “s…

Mysticism

(4,797 words)

Author(s): Louise Nelstrop
Abstract: “Mysticism” is something of a taxonomical black hole. The term has had huge impact on the way that certain texts are read despite the fact that there is no agreement on how the term should …

Myth

(5,688 words)

Author(s): Robert Segal
Abstract: Myth is an applied subject. The disciplines that have most studied myth are anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Each discipline has…
Date: 2014-09-16