The Cambridge companion to religious studies

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Orsi, Robert A. 1953-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge companions to religion.
Online Access: Online version
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This volume assembles an exceptional group of scholars who not only describe the history and present state of religious studies but also offer critical reflections on the problems and potentialities representing what the editor calls the "crossroads" that this discipline now faces. Following an introduction that embeds religious studies in categories deployed through the Age of Discovery and the Reformation and its decades of internecine war, colonialism, and the Enlightenment, 19 essays discuss some of the discipline's grand tour issues, such as the West's projection of self onto non-Western others as the criterion for comparison. Essays also encompass theoretical issues, e.g., the problematic equation of difference with a surface level beneath which a universal spirituality may be sought. The volume continues with a wide-ranging series of considerations of the discipline's methodological eclecticism. Issues range from "rehabilitation" of the concept of the holy and questions about authority and "normativity" to translation, material culture, law and religion, sexuality and religion, and the critical study of Islam. This volume presents the discipline's entire span, laying bare the range of its problems and ambiguities. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. J. C. Hanges Miami University

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