Religion and the Body - Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions (Hardback)
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Religion and the Body - Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 29/05/1997
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This book aims to highlight the distinctive and unfamiliar ways in which diverse religious traditions understand the 'body', and also, in doing this, to raise to greater consciousness some of the assumptions and problems of contemporary attitudes to it. It brings together essays by established experts in the history of religion, the social sciences, and philosophy. Part I is devoted to an analysis of current secularized discourses on the 'body', and to exposing both their anti-religious and their covertly religious content. Parts II and III provide essays on traditional 'Western' and 'Eastern' religious attitudes to the 'body'. Each contributor focuses on some (especially characteristic) devotional practices or relevant texts; each carefully outlines the total context in which a distinctive religious attitude to 'bodiliness' occurs. The result is a rich source for comparative studies of the 'body', and of its relation to society and to the divine.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521366694
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An unusually coherent anthology designed to remedy the 'lack of standard study of the 'body' and the major religions' Coakley's introduction is wonderfully lucid ... a useful handbook of traditions and theories, rich in substance and analysis.' Religious Studies Review
'This volume stands out for its unusually wide selection of topics ... will certainly broaden the understanding and spur the reflection of anyone interested in the religious and social dimensions of the body ... an exceptional wealth of suggestive and stimulating ideas.' Heythrop Journal
'A rich profusion of essays spanning the world and history beyond the Christian and Judaic West to Eastern religious traditions.' The Tablet

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