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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion / Edition 1

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion / Edition 1

by John Corrigan


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The academic study of religion recently has turned to the investigation of emotion as a crucial aspect of religious life. Researchers have set out in several directions to explore that new terrain and have brought with them an assortment of instruments useful in charting it. This volume collects essays under four categories: religious traditions, religious life, emotional states, and historical and theoretical perspectives. In this book, scholars engaged in cutting edge research on religion and emotion describe the ways in which emotions have played a role in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religions. They analyze the manner in which key components of religious life -- ritual, music, gender, sexuality and material culture -- represent and shape emotional performance. Some of the essays included here take a specific emotion, such as love or hatred, and observe the place of that emotion in an assortment of religious traditions and cultural settings. Other essays analyze the thinking of figures such as St. Augustine, Soren Kierkegaard, Jonathan Edwards, Emile Durkheim, and William James. This collection offers a range of critical perspectives on the academic study of religion and emotion, in the form of syntheses, provocations, and prospective observations, that will inform the work of those already engaged in the field. Taken together, the writings included in this handbook serve as an ideal entry point for anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with the new academic study of religion and emotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195170214
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

John Corrigan is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at the Florida State University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Religious Traditions
1. Buddhism, Maria Heim
2. Islam, Anna Gade
3. Hinduism, June McDaniel
4. Japanese Religion, Gary Ebersole
5. Judaism, Joel Gereboff
6. Christianity, Andrew Tallon
7. New Religious Movements, Doug Cowan

Part 2: Religious Life
8. Ritual, Pamela Klassen
9. Sexuality, Jeffrey Kripal
10. Gender, Melissa Raphael
11. Music, Frank Burch Brown
12. Material Culture, John Kieschnick

Part 3: Emotional States
13. Ecstasy, Helene Basu and Angelika Malinar
14. Terror, Harvey Whitehouse
15. Hope, W. Watts Miller
16. Melancholy, Julius Rubin
17. Love, Nancy Martin and Joseph Runzo
18. Hatred, John Corrigan

Part 4: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
19. Augustine, James Wetzel
20. Medieval Mysticism, Niklaus Largier
21. Kierkegaard, David Kangas
22. Jonathan Edwards, Michael McClymond
23. William James, Jeremy Carrette
24. Durkheim, W.S.F. Pickering
25. Schleirmacher and Otto, Jacqueline Mariña
26. Constructivism and its Critics, John Kloos
27. Emotions Research and Religious Experience, Robert Roberts

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