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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Landscape

(1,266 words)

Author(s): David E. Cooper
Date: 2014-09-16

Language

(4,094 words)

Author(s): John Rogerson

Law

(5,038 words)

Author(s): Winnifred Sullivan
Abstract: Law is fundamentally present in all human society — that is, in the sense that all societies have rules and processes that structure and govern them, and in the sense that all persons can be understood to act with reference to law. Indeed, every aspect of human life can be understood to be subject to law, broadly understood, including diet, dress, sexuality, religion, speech, family relations, economic activity, and politics. It is impossible to canvass the human legal imagination and its relation to religion through space and time in an entry of this length. This essay introduces the scholar of religion to the modern academic study of law through reflection on the nature of law, the religious genealogy of modern law, and the role of law in the world’s religiou…