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): Philip L. Tite
Abstract: This entry presents the differing uses of “violence” in religion. Violence is varyingly associated with physical force, with social oppression, and with dehumanization. Special attention is…


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Author(s): Jens Kreinath
Abstract: The concept of virtuality allows scholars of religion to study those aspects of religious practice that are central to the social construction of reality. By means of imagination, virtualit…


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Author(s): Hubert Mohr
Abstract: This article gives an overview of sensory, bodily, ritual, and aesthetic dimensions of perception and how they interact with other cultural systems which organize, encode, and discipline pe…

Visual Arts and Culture

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Author(s): S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Abstract: Visual culture is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, and an increasingly vital term in studies of religion. This article looks at visual arts and culture through the activity of “religi…