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Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith (Willi Braun) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2008) 9781845532307


Title: Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith

Author: Braun, Willi

Additional Authors or Contributors: Russell T McCutcheon (eds)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845532307

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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About thirty 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 ongoing, 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 extraordinary knowledge about extraordinary things. The essays in the volume cover a wide range of topics as a way of illustrating the common challenges of "introducing" religion.

Among the contributors are:

James Apple, William Arnal, Richard Ascough, Catherine Bell, Willi Braun, Ron Cameron, Armin Geertz, Jeppe Jensen, Tim Jensen, Darlene Juschka, Karen King, John Kloppenborg, Pratap Kumar, Gary Lease, Christopher Lehrich, Jack Llewellyn, Jack Lightstone, Tomoko Masuzawa, Burton Mack, Luther Martin, Russell McCutcheon, Merrill Miller, Jacob Neusner, Malory Nye, Lieve Orye, William Paden, Panayotis Pachis, Hans Penner, Kurtis Schaeffer, Stan Stowers, Winnifred Sullivan, Don Wiebe, Stephen Wilson
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