What is religion? Can it be defined at all? Or is it too easily defined in far too many ways so as to make a religion a drifting signifier or whatever one's pleasure is? Does the study of religion require special, perhaps religious, tools of analysis and explanation? What is the difference between a knowledge of religion derived from practicing it and a knowledge about religion derived from nonreligious modes of inquiry? Sooner or later, any serious student of religion must face these questionsif religious practices are to be investigated in the light of the terms and aims of the social and human sciences in the modern university.The Guide to the Study of Religion provides a map of the key concepts and thought-structures for imagining and studying religion as a class of everyday social practices that lend themselves to no more or less difficult explanation than any other class of social phenomena.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 574
Weight: 904 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm
"Thirty-one essays, authored by an impressive array of some of the best, established and newer, scholars of religion. In the sheer volume of the material offered, and in the consistently high quality of most of the essays, the book presents the determined reader with a daunting abundance of riches."
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
"The Guide is a truly remarkable text and a must for all students and scholars of religion."
Studies in Religion: Sciences Religieuses 29.3 (2000)
"In the last few years Cassell have published several worthwhile volumes on the study of religion. Guide to the Study of Religion is no exception...For postgraduates and for busy academics bogged down with administration and struggling to keep up with contemporary issues and debates[...]this volume is an extremely helpful and wide-ranging collection."