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Title: Religion the Basics
Authors: Nye, Malory
Keywords: Religion
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Description: This book is intended to give an accessible introduction to the contours of the contemporary study of religion. It was written out of a sense that there have been many recent and exciting developments in the field that are not yet reflected in a beginner’s guide – such as this book. What this book aims to show is that the study of religion is a dynamic field relevant not only to the past, but also to the contemporary world. Religion is everywhere in today’s world, often in quite unexpected places, and we need a sophisticated approach to understanding how religion works in such contexts. Hence in this book I have tried to avoid – as much as possible – the familiar term ‘religious studies’ and instead put forward a more nuanced alternative: the study of religion and culture. As I explain in Chapter 1, this approach is not only about asking questions on how to distinguish religion from culture (if indeed that is possible). Rather it is about exploring religion – religions, religious traditions, and practices – from a cultural perspective, as a means by which culture and cultures (in the different meanings of the term) can be understood.
ISBN: 0-203-92797-4
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