Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Subject: Religious Studies

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): Kocku von Stuckrad
Date: 2015-08-17


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Author(s): Steven Orzack
Abstract: Adaptation in evolutionary biology refers to a trait of an organism or the


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Author(s): Alexandra Grieser
Abstract: In recent years, the role of the body and the senses has become a crucial object of st…


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Author(s): Jeffrey Burton Russell
Abstract: The word “afterlife” has three …


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Author(s): Dorothy Holland | William Lachicotte✝
Abstract: This entry maps recent research in th…

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Author(s): Brian Malley
Abstract: Some of the most widespread cultural concepts used in fantasy, fiction, and mythology are counterintuitive in the sense that they match some innate expectat…


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Author(s): Ulrike Popp-Baier
Abstract: In social and behavioral sciences, aggression is usually defined as intentional behavior aimed at harm…
Date: 2014-09-16


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Author(s): Robin Le Poidevin
Abstract: Originally introduced by T.H. Huxley as a principle constraining belief systems in general, a…


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Author(s): Evy Johanne Håland
Abstract: In agricultural societies, fertility rituals and death rituals are used to secure crops. They are important in connection both with dead ancestors and with water. In both past and present s…