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

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

by Jonathan Z. Smith
     
 

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.

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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

1When the chips are down1
2Acknowledgments : morphology and history in Mircea : Eliade's Patterns in comparative religion (1949-1999), part 1 : the work and its contexts61
3Acknowledgments : morphology and history in Mircea : Eliade's Patterns in comparative religion (1949-1999), part 2 : the texture of the work80
4The topography of the sacred101
5Manna, mana everywhere and [actual symbol not reproducible]117
6The domestication of sacrifice145
7A matter of class : taxonomies of religion160
8Religion, religions, religious179
9Bible and religion197
10Trading places215
11Differential equations : on constructing the other230
12What a difference a difference makes251
13Close encounters of diverse kinds303
14Here, there, and anywhere323
15Re : Corinthians340
16A twice-told tale : the history of the history of religions' history362
17God save this honourable court : religion and civic discourse375
AppJonathan Z. Smith : publications, 1966-2003391

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