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Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

Edited by Russell T. McCutcheon

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  1. Defining Islam

    A Reader

    By Andrew Rippin

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    Ever since a group of people came into existence who called themselves Muslims and followed Islam, questions of what it means to be a member of this group - who is to be included/excluded and what the requirements for membership are - have proven to be both divisive and defining. For scholars and...

    Published August 27th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Defining Magic

    A Reader

    By Bernd-Christian Otto, Michael Stausberg

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    Magic has been an important term in Western history and continues to be an essential topic in the modern academic study of religion, anthropology, sociology, and cultural history. 'Defining Magic' is the first volume to assemble key texts that aim at determining the nature of magic, establish its...

    Published December 31st 2012 by Routledge

  3. Religious Experience

    A Reader

    By Craig Martin, Russell T. McCutcheon

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    Many regard religious experience as the essence of religion, arguing that narratives might be created and rituals invented but that these are always secondary to the original experience itself. However, the concept of "experience" has come under increasing fire from a range of critics and theorists...

    Published November 1st 2012 by Routledge

  4. What is Religious Studies?

    A Critical Reader

    By Steven J. Sutcliffe

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    The study of religion has never been more important. Religion remains central to the individual and communal lives of the majority of people around the world and provides some of the clearest fracture lines in contemporary global and national politics. This volume scrutinises different ways in...

    Published August 31st 2011 by Routledge

  5. Defining Judaism

    A Reader

    By Aaron W. Hughes

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    Judaism is a monotheistic religion with a history of over 3,500 years. 'Defining Judaism' illustrates the range of theoretical and practical issues required for comparative and historical study of the faith. The texts range from historical attempts to define individual 'Jews' to imagining Judaism...

    Published January 31st 2010 by Routledge

  6. Defining Buddhism(s)

    A Reader

    By Karen Derris, Natalie Gummer

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    'Defining Buddhism(s)' explores the multiple ways in which Buddhism has been defined and constructed by both Buddhists and scholars. In recent decades, scholars have become increasingly aware of their own role in the construction of how Buddhism is represented - a process in which multiple...

    Published February 6th 2008 by Routledge

  7. Religion and Cognition

    A Reader

    By D. Jason Slone

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    This volume explores "cognition" in the study of religion - that is, the mental processes that govern religious belief and behavior across cultures and eras. The essays in the volume are scientific in nature and universal in scope. They address (a) the naturalistic meta-theoretical stances taken...

    Published June 29th 2006 by Routledge

  8. Defining Hinduism

    A Reader

    Edited by J. E. Llewellyn

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    Defining Hinduism is concerned not only with what Hinduism is, but also with what it has been, and with the history of the term "Hinduism". Defining Hinduism brings together essays by some of the most influential and interesting scholars working on the religions of South Asia today. The volume also...

    Published January 23rd 2006 by Routledge

  9. Ritual and Religious Belief

    A Reader

    Edited by Graham Harvey

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    What is ritual's relation to belief? to performance? Does ritual have its own logic?Ritual and Religious Belief is a reader that brings together material exploring the problem of ritual from many perspectives. Selections from the sixteenth century to the present explore the idea of ritual as a type...

    Published November 7th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Defining Hinduism

    A Reader

    By J. E. Llewellyn

    Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

    'Defining Hinduism' focuses on what Hinduism is, what it has been, and what some have argued it should be. The oldest of the world religions, Hinduism presents a complex pantheon and system of beliefs. Far from being unchanging, Hinduism has, like any faith of duration, evolved in response to...

    Published July 31st 2005 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Defining Magic: A Reader
    By Bernd-Christian Otto, Michael Stausberg
    To Be Published September 30th 2014
  2. Religious Experience: A Reader
    By Craig Martin, Russell T. McCutcheon
    To Be Published September 30th 2014

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