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): Alexandra Grieser
Abstract: Rhetoric, the art of persuasion, systematizes and reflects ways of influencing the motivations, attitudes, and convictions of an audience. Rhetorical techniques are utilized throughout reli…


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Author(s): Guy Beck
Abstract: Rhythm, from Greek rhythmos, is any movement marked by the succession of strong and weak elements. Greeks like Plato defined it as flow with articulation, and applied it to music as well as the …
Date: 2014-09-16

Rites of passage

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Author(s): Nicole Belmont
Abstract: The concept of a “rite of passage” was put forward in 1909 by the French ethnologist Arnold Van Gennep, in a work entitled Les rites de passage. He asserts the existence of a ceremonial sequence consisting of three ph…


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Author(s): Barry Stephenson
Abstract: This entry begins with an introduction to the field of ritual studies. Three different uses of the term “ritual” in scholarship are outlined. Two different strategies for describing ritual …