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Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion / Edition 1
     

Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion / Edition 1

by Jonathan Z. Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0226763870

ISBN-13: 9780226763873

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226763873
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xiii
1 When the Chips Are Down....................1
2 Acknowledgments: Morphology and History in Mircea Eliade's Patterns in Comparative Religion (1949-1999), Part 1: The Work and Its Contexts....................61
3 Acknowledgments: Morphology and History in Mircea Eliade's Patterns in Comparative Religion (1949-1999), Part 2: The Texture of the Work....................80
4 The Topography of the Sacred....................101
5 Manna, Mana Everywhere and /*/*?....................117
6 The Domestication of Sacrifice....................145
7 A Matter of Class: Taxonomies of Religion....................160
8 Religion, Religions, Religious....................179
9 Bible and Religion....................197
10 Trading Places....................215
11 Differential Equations: On Constructing the Other....................230
12 What a Difference a Difference Makes....................251
13 Close Encounters of Diverse Kinds....................303
14 Here, There, and Anywhere....................323
15 Re: Corinthians....................340
16 A Twice-told Tale: The History of the History of Religions' History....................362
17 God Save This Honourable Court: Religion and Civic Discourse....................375
Appendix | Jonathan Z. Smith: Publications, 1966-2003....................391
Name Index....................403
Subject Index....................407

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