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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Author(s): Irene J.F. de Jong
Abstract: Narrative plays a crucial role in religion. Most religious texts ar…

Nation / Nationalism

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Author(s): Anthony Smith
Abstract: The concept of the nation may be defined as a territorial human community whose members possess shared m…


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Author(s): Mark McNally
Abstract: While the concept of nativism emerged within the context of nineteenth-century American religious history, it has since developed into two distinct forms; one that is dominant in American history and the other in anthropology. Within the former discipline, nativism primarily signifies anti-immigrant sentiment, while in the latter it signifies the human reactions elicited within the context of colonialism. Within the paradigmatic colonial encounter, the “natives” respond to the arrival of powerful colonizers by attempting to revive defunct aspects of their native culture, which often assume the form of socio-religious movements. The hope among the natives is that such a religi…


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Author(s): Keith Prof. Yandell
Abstract: Metaphysical and epistemological naturalism are widely accepted in contemporary philosophy. This situtation is historically aty…


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Author(s): Bron Taylor | Joseph Witt
Abstract: Conceptions of nature and its relationship to religion have varied widely. For some early scholars of religion, nature provided the base set of experiences out of which humans developed the…

New Age

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Author(s): Olav Hammer
Abstract: In contemporary Western societies, a vast range of religious or “spiritual” alternatives are on offer outside the theological mainstream. The term “New Age” is often affixed to pursuits suc…
Date: 2014-09-16

New Religious Movements

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Author(s): James Lewis