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): Mu-chou Poo
Abstract: Scholars have studied numerous cases concerning the form, function, and deeds of ghosts in diverse human societies. This article points out the need to reflect upon the very concept of “gho…

Gift / Giving

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Author(s): Garry Trompf
Abstract: Gift-giving in small-scale traditional and archaic societies carries more than merely economic connotations, for moral responsibility, keeping up one’s obligations and the group’s honour, e…


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Author(s): Michael Wilkinson
Abstract: Scholars of globalization generally agree that a process of social change is occurring with implications for social institutions, culture, and human interaction. They do not agree about wha…