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Approaches to the Study of Religion

Author: Peter Connolly

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Religion

Page: 304

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It has been argued that religious studies is a polymethodic discipline, and that the student of religion should be familiar with the approaches of the major disciplines concerned with understanding the nature of religion, not least because the approach adopted has profound influence on the phenomena chose for investigation and the conclusions reached.This book is the first textbook, specifically designed for undergraduate students, that provides the essential background on methods of the major relevant disciplines.Presenting each of the significant approaches to religion in an informed manner, the book brings together experienced researchers from feminism, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. It presents a consistent approach throughout, with each chapter dealing with the same themes: the historical development of the approach, the characteristics of the approach, and the surrounding issues and debates.

Journal for the Study of Religion





Category: Africa, Southern


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Classical Approaches to the Study of Religion

Aims, Methods, and Theories of Research. Introduction and Anthology

Author: Jacques Waardenburg

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG


Category: Religion

Page: 751

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Waardenburg’s magisterial essay traces the rise and development of the academic study of religion from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, outlining the establishment of the discipline, its connections with other fields, religion as a subject of research, and perspectives on a phenomenological study of religion. Futhermore a second part comprises an anthology of texts from 41 scholars whose work was programmatic in the evolution of the academic study of religion. Each chapter presents a particular approach, theory, and method relevant to the study of religion. The pieces selected for this volume were taken from the discipline of religious studies as well as from related fields, such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology, to name a few.

The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion

A Reader

Author: Russell T. McCutcheon

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Religion

Page: 405

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Thirty classic and contemporary readings - from such writers as Kant, Hume, Schleiermacher, and Otto, to Ninian Smart, Mircea Eliade, Karen McCarthy-Brown, and Wendy Doniger.

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

Emerging Trends, Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other World Religions

Author: Ezra Chitando

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Religion

Page: 278

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The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.

The Future of the Study of Religion

Proceedings of Congress 2000

Author: Slavica Jakelic

Publisher: BRILL


Category: Religion

Page: 332

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This volume brings together divergent voices in religious and theological studies for a conversation about the proper objects, methods, and goals for the study of religion in the twenty-first century.

Identity and the Politics of Scholarship in the Study of Religion

Author: Jose Cabezon

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Religion

Page: 240

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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Materiality and the Study of Religion

The Stuff of the Sacred

Author: Tim Hutchings

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Material culture has emerged in recent decades as a significant theoretical concern for the study of religion. This book contributes to and evaluates this material turn, presenting thirteen chapters of new empirical research and theoretical reflection from some of the leading international scholars of material religion. Following a model for material analysis proposed in the first chapter by David Morgan, the contributors trace the life cycle of religious materiality through three phases: the production of religious objects, their classification as religious (or non-religious), and their circulation and use in material culture. The chapters in this volume consider how objects become and cease to be sacred, how materiality can be used to contest access to public space and resources, and how religion is embodied and performed by individuals in their everyday lives. Contributors discuss the significance of the materiality of religion across different religious traditions and diverse geographical regions, paying close attention to gender, age, ethnicity, memory and politics. The volume closes with an afterword by Manuel Vásquez.

The Study of Religion in British Columbia

A State-of-the-Art Review

Author: Brian J. Fraser

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press


Category: Education

Page: 127

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A story of enterprise, innovation and isolation. In this unique survey Brian J Fraser examines the history and development of the institutions of higher education where religion is taught and describes the methods used to understand the religious dimension of human endeavour in Canada's westernmost province. Fraser analyses the sources, ......

The Study of Religion and its Meaning

New Explorations in Light of Karl Popper and Emile Durkheim

Author: J.E. Barnhart

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter


Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Since its founding by Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, Religion and Reason has been a leading forum for contributions on theories, theoretical issues and agendas related to the phenomenon and the study of religion. Topics include (among others) category formation, comparison, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, methodology, myth, phenomenology, philosophy of science, scientific atheism, structuralism, and theories of religion. From time to time the series publishes volumes that map the state of the art and the history of the discipline.

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