Thinking About Religion
By (author) Ivan Strenski
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Thinking About Religion by Ivan Strenski
Book DescriptionMatching pivotal theorists and theories of religion alongside cutting-edge criticism from a team of leading contemporary scholars, this vibrant collection enables students to gain a balanced understanding of the diverse methods, theories, and theorists involved in the historical and methodological development of the study of religion. It can be used alongside Ivan Strenski's textbook, "Thinking about Religion: An Historical Introduction to Theories of Religion", to offer a complete resource for introductory students of religious studies. This book creates a useful mix of classic and contemporary responses to issues in the study of religion, ideal for those coming to the subject for the first time.It traces the major historical and methodological development of the study of religion in the modern West, enabling students to gain a balanced understanding of the diverse methods, theories, and theorists involved. Primary theorists featured include Cherbury, Durkheim, Eliade, Frazer, Freud, Hume, Brede Kristensen, Malinowski, Max Muller, Ninian Smart, Robertson Smith, Spinoza, Tylor, and Weber. Contemporary contributors include Winston Davis, Sidney Hook, Robert Alun Jones, Karl Menninger, Sam Preus, Philip Rieff, Robert Segal, Georges Sorel, George Stocking, and William Dwight Whitney.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405121675
(245mm x 174mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ivan Strenski
Understanding Theories of Religion, Paperback (May 2013)
Featuring comprehensive updates and additions, the second edition of Understanding Theories of Religion explores the development of major theories of religion through the works of classic and contemporary figures.
Why Politics Can't be Freed from Religion, Paperback (February 2010)
Why Politics Can't be Freed From Religion is an original, erudite, and timely new book from Ivan Strenski. Itinterrogates the central ideas and contexts behind religion, politics, and power, proposing an alternative way in which we should think about these issues in the twenty-first century.
Dumont on Religion, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Ivan Strenski
Identifies kernel ideas of interest for the study of religion. This book acknowledges Dumont's contribution to kinship studies and focuses on subjects of interest to students and scholars of religion: concepts such as sacred and profane, pure and impure, transcendence, values, ideology, hierarchy, and cross cultural comparison.
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Author Biography - Ivan Strenski
Ivan Strenski is Holstein Family and Community Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. His previous publications include Four Theories of Myth in Twentieth-Century History (1988), Religion in Relation: Method, Application, and Moral Location (1993), Durkheim and the Jews of France (1997), Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism and Social Thought (2002), Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice (2003), and The New Durkheim: Essays on Philosophy, Religious Identity and the Politics of Knowledge (2006).
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