9781845532307

Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z.Smith

  • ISBN 13:

    9781845532307

  • ISBN 10:

    1845532309

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 08/08/2014
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

To mark the contribution of one of the most influential theorists of religion, thirty-one leading scholars of religion from around the world put their minds together to work on problems of introducing "religion": as a category of human social practices, as a term that must be subject to scholarly theorizing, as a subject that must be carefully presented to students in the classroom. The claim of this volume is that the disciplined, cross-cultural and comparative study and teaching of religion in the academy is closely tied to the multi-level task of "introducing" (in the Latin sense of introducere) religion, of taking religion inside the academic discourses in the humanities and social sciences, of taking students - whether career academics or college students - inside religion as a set of ordinary human practices rather than initiating them into a sanctum of extraordinary knowledge about extraordinary things.

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