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Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion, 4/e
By: John R Bowen of Washington University in St. Louis
This widely used textbook offers a unique perspective on how people engage in everyday religious practices–like prayer, sacrifice, initiation, and healing–by investigating broad-scale issues, such as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws.
No other text examines the full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to full-blown “world religious movements.” The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is of particular interest to students, and is easily expanded to include field projects directly related to material covered in the text.
Highlights of the New Edition:
1. Studying Religion Through Practice.
What is “Religion”?
An Anthropological Approach to Religion.
Practices, Contexts, Diversity.
2. Social Theory in the Anthropology of Religion.
Religion as Intellectual Activity.
Religions in Social Life.
The Psychology of Religion.
3. Ideas and Practices of “Religion” in Europe and Elsewhere.
Western Ideas of Religion.
Other Religions, Other Models.
Combining Religious Practices in Japan.
4. Ritual and the Shaping of Emotions.
Rites of Passage.
Initiation, Secrecy, and Fear.
Death Ritual and the Social Order.
Grief and Ritual Form.
5. Transforming Selves.
Gender and Anthropology
Creating Gender through Ritual.
Producing a Pious Female Self
Converting to a New Faith
6. Extending our Powers: Magic and Healing.
Magic, Patterns, and Causes.
The New Age.
Wicca or Modern Witchcraft.
7. Science and Religion.
Does Prayer Heal?
Narrative and Pain Relief.
Does Evolution Explain Religion
Can Creationists Teach Evolution?
8. Sorcery, Witchcraft and Modernity.
La Sorcellerie in Cameroon.
Sorcery and Modernity.
Witchcraft as Satan versus God.
9. Worship and Hierarchy.
Sacrafice, Offerings, and Deities
Bathing at Benareas
10. Images and Faith: Focus on Worldwide Catholicism.
Relics and Images in Catholicism
Mary and Marys in European Societies
11. Sacred Speech and Divine Power.
The Qur'ân as Recitation of God's Speech.
The Creative Power of Navajo Speech and Song.
Speech and Grace in Protestant Churches.
12. Transnational Diaspora Religions.
Transnational and Diasporic Religions
The Jewish Diaspora: History and Ritual
Transnational Religion: Africa and Brazil across the Atlantic
Mary in Mesoamerica
South Asians Overseas
13. Focus on Muslims in Europe.
Migration and Transnational Ties
Transnational Islam in Three Senses
Can European Societies be Muslim?
14. Religion, Radicalism, and Violence.
Cults, Sects, and Violence.
Explaining Where Violence Occurred: The Hindu-Muslim Case
Struggle and Authority in Islam
Recruitment to Terrorism
15. Secularism and Religions in Modern States.
How to Think about “Secular States”
Three Meanings of “Secularism”
Secularism and Pluralism in the United States
Secularism and Public Religion: Three European Variants
When Religion Underlies Law
Secularism, Faith, and Toleration