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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.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Cargo Cult Science and the Study of Religions: Genealogy in an Age of Globalization
Redescribing Mandalas: A Test Case in Bodh Gaya, India
The Gospel of Mark as Reflection on Exile and Identity
"Map-Maker, Map-Maker, Make Me a Map": Redescribing Greco-Roman "Elective Social Formations"
Belief: A Classificatory Lacuna and Disciplinary "Problem"
An Occasion for Thought
Comparing Prayer: On Science, Universals, and the Human Condition
On How Making Differences Makes a Difference
Deconstructing the Eliadean Paradigm: Symbol
Comparison: Categories, Methods, and Mischiefs-The Case of the Gospel of Judas
Insiders and Outsiders: Studying Hinduism Non-Religiously?
Smith, Derrida, and Amos
Imagination Bound and Unbound
Telling the Truth Can Be Dangerous Business
Finding One's Place: Magic, Science, Religion, and Interdisciplinarity
Is it Meaningful to Speak of a Greco-Roman Diaspora Judaism? A Case Study in Taxonomical Issues in the Study of Ancient Judaism
Think Globally, Get Death Threats Locally: The Politics of Studying Hinduism
Do Rituals Do? And How Do They Do It? Cognition and the Study of Ritual
Reader as Producer: Jonathan Z. Smith on Exegesis, Ingenuity, Elaboration
Maps, Genealogy, and Difference: Towards Recognition of our Ambulatory Nature
Hominibus vagis vitam: The Wandering of Homo Hellenisticus in an Age of Transformation
Connecting with Evolutionary Models: New Patterns in Comparative Religion?
What a Difference Theory Makes
The Ontology of Religion
Comparing Law Comparing Religion
The Scientific Study of Religion and Its Cultured Despisers
Index of Authors
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