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Relating Religion : Essays in the Study of Religion - J.Z. Smith

Relating Religion

Essays in the Study of Religion

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780226763873
Number Of Pages: 424

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One of the most influential theorists of religion, Jonathan Z. Smith is best known for his analyses of religious studies as a discipline and for his advocacy and refinement of comparison as the basis for the history of religions. "Relating Religion" gathers seventeen essays--four of them never before published--that together provide the first broad overview of Smith's thinking since his seminal 1982 book, "Imagining Religion."
Smith first explains how he was drawn to the study of religion, outlines his own theoretical commitments, and draws the connections between his thinking and his concerns for general education. He then engages several figures and traditions that serve to define his interests within the larger setting of the discipline. The essays that follow consider the role of taxonomy and classification in the study of religion, the construction of difference, and the procedures of generalization and redescription that Smith takes to be key to the comparative enterprise. The final essays deploy features of Smith's most recent work, especially the notion of translation.
Heady, original, and provocative, "Relating Religion" is certain to be hailed as a landmark in the academic study and critical theory of religion.

When the chips are down
Acknowledgments : morphology and history in Mircea : Eliade's Patterns in comparative religion (1949-1999)
Acknowledgments : morphology and history in Mircea : Eliade's Patterns in comparative religion (1949-1999)
the texture of the work
The topography of the sacred
Manna, mana everywhere and [actual symbol not reproducible]
The domestication of sacrifice
A matter of class : taxonomies of religion
Religion, religions, religious
Bible and religion
Trading places
Differential equations : on constructing the other
What a difference a difference makes
Close encounters of diverse kinds
Here, there, and anywhere
Re : Corinthians
A twice-told tale : the history of the history of religions' history
God save this honourable court : religion and civic discourse App.
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ISBN: 9780226763873
ISBN-10: 0226763870
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2